Are you still unemployed when many of your former co-workers and friends are gainfully employed? Are you still having a difficult time getting in for an interview? Have you wondered why they have gotten a new job and you haven’t? Is it just that they are more talented and have more skills than you?
The answer is No.
Those who have landed positions have done so through a myriad of ways, from having a friend work at the company refer them in, to just being at the right place at the right time to having the exact skills/experience a company needed. In this new economy, it is difficult to identify why some get jobs faster than others,
There appears to be a trend of the Haves and the Have nots in this new economy. Some people are “back in the saddle” and on their way to a successful career; they are the Haves, of course. The Have nots are still struggling to get back into a position comparable to what they had before the downturn of the economy. Even with the national unemployment rate falling to 6.3% many are still struggling.
So what can you do if you have not landed a promising position yet?
Here are some tips:
- Hire a professional to re-do your résumé. There are talented writers who specialize in this and can greatly add value to your job search by clearly identifying and articulating your value for an employer. A well-written résumé is a necessity for getting an interview.
- Consider relocating for your new job. The realty is that you may have to go to where the jobs are. Identify markets where your skills are needed the most.
- Volunteer your time to companies that you need exposure to. Many small firms have a need for workers that they can’t afford to hire. Demonstrate your value and they will help you network with firms that can afford to hire you while you gain additional experience in areas that will strengthen your résumé.
- Continue to network through sites like LinkedIn. This site is a meaningful way to gain access to people through joining on-line groups. Comment frequently in these groups that are in your industry and you will become recognized by others as a thought leader which could lead to a contact to help you find a job.
If you have been unemployed for over a year, you may need to rethink what you can do as an alternative in your career. This may be a time for change. The clock is ticking and the longer you are out of your industry the more difficult it is to get back in. You need to reassess what you can do and what you want from your career.