Finding a Job After Long Period of Unemployment

Rob writes:
I’m 31 and was downsized from my last job almost a year ago and I have been
unable to find work. I have used job boards job ads and networking but just
find that the companies I am most interested in working for just simply are
not hiring. I just don’t know what to do. I have used up most of my savings
and other resources. And now I’m worried that no employer will be interested
in me because I have been out of work so long. Do you have any suggestions?



The Career Doctor responds:
I know it won’t give you much solace but you should know you are far from
alone. The current job market continues to deteriorate for almost all types
of job-seekers.
Whether you are highly educated — or not whether your skills and
accomplishments are in demand — or not whether you are young — or old
whether you live on the West Coast — or the East Coast whether you are
white — or any other color whether you are a man — or a woman whether
the economy is weak — or strong… none of these things matter — and all
of them matter — in the crazy and challenging job market we face today –
and for the foreseeable future. And to make matters worse people in your
age group — Gen X’ers — are being squeezed at the top by baby boomers
who will not retire and at the bottom by Generation Y’ers who will work
much more cheaply.
How does an unemployed person who wants to work find a job in this market?
With a detailed job-search strategy a clear picture of past accomplishments
a focus on specific jobs and employers a superior resume a large network
of contacts and a determination to achieve one or more job-search activities
(talking to a contact sending out a resume going on an interview) on a
daily basis. More than ever getting a job offer is only going to be
accomplished by those job-seekers who know the rules of good job-hunting –
and are ready to persevere to get it.
And if you are currently unemployed don’t spend all your time job-hunting;
instead make sure some of your time is career-productive by getting
additional training or education consulting or freelancing or volunteering.
Employers do not like to see gaps on resumes so find a way to stay
involved in your career field.
Read more in my article published on Quintessential Careers
Trying to Make
Sense of the Job Market and Outlooks for Employment
.

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Rob writes:
I’m 31 and was downsized from my last job almost a year ago and I have been
unable to find work. I have used job boards job ads and networking but just
find that the companies I am most interested in working for just simply are
not hiring. I just don’t know what to do. I have used up most of my savings
and other resources. And now I’m worried that no employer will be interested
in me because I have been out of work so long. Do you have any suggestions?



The Career Doctor responds:
I know it won’t give you much solace but you should know you are far from
alone. The current job market continues to deteriorate for almost all types
of job-seekers.
Whether you are highly educated — or not whether your skills and
accomplishments are in demand — or not whether you are young — or old
whether you live on the West Coast — or the East Coast whether you are
white — or any other color whether you are a man — or a woman whether
the economy is weak — or strong… none of these things matter — and all
of them matter — in the crazy and challenging job market we face today –
and for the foreseeable future. And to make matters worse people in your
age group — Gen X’ers — are being squeezed at the top by baby boomers
who will not retire and at the bottom by Generation Y’ers who will work
much more cheaply.
How does an unemployed person who wants to work find a job in this market?
With a detailed job-search strategy a clear picture of past accomplishments
a focus on specific jobs and employers a superior resume a large network
of contacts and a determination to achieve one or more job-search activities
(talking to a contact sending out a resume going on an interview) on a
daily basis. More than ever getting a job offer is only going to be
accomplished by those job-seekers who know the rules of good job-hunting –
and are ready to persevere to get it.
And if you are currently unemployed don’t spend all your time job-hunting;
instead make sure some of your time is career-productive by getting
additional training or education consulting or freelancing or volunteering.
Employers do not like to see gaps on resumes so find a way to stay
involved in your career field.
Read more in my article published on Quintessential Careers
Trying to Make
Sense of the Job Market and Outlooks for Employment
.

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