The Haves & The Have Nots of Our New Economy

The Haves & The Have Nots of Our New Economy

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.


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  • People who are out of work for a long time may fall into various categories.......too experience for the job, not having enough skills, too old, not young, sexy or single, not having the right ethnic background, or that job field is being phased out of work force, ..................recent jobs report said that employers refuse to interview anyone out of work for more than three months...............sometimes it is not your resume that is the problem, but the hiring managers who can't read a resume..........if there are no jobs in Chicago, time to the way many Illinois corporations that left the state........volunteering for a job only makes a company make money for their pocket and nothing in yours.......Volunteer at your church before making some company make a profit off of your free work you did for them..............Linkedin is becoming more of a social network, becoming less of job search network......more & more people on LinkedIn are looking for business clients then looking to hire.

  • I like to inform people who are looking for work that Illinois Business Workforce job site is filled with viruses..............many of their job ads are fake.....some take you to sites just to collect information or have attacking websites that can send viruses to your beware.

  • Hate to say so, but my experiences mirror the comments of CubsTalk. I am educated and experienced, yet ageism is alive and well in our society. It is the elephant in the room that everyone pretends not to notice. On one occassion, about halfway through the unemployment benefits process, I was called into Job Services to account for my application history.....At that time, I had made over 650 direct contacts with companies, through ads, applications, letters of introduction, and even personal cold canvassing. I had a handful of interviews that convinced me I could do these jobs in my sleep, and yet I was always getting the follow-up email that said that they had found somebody more closely suited to the job description. (This is the stock "how not to get sued on EOE" answer) The "counselor" from the Job Service office zeroed in on me and kind of got in my face with "What do we need to do to get your working!?" Carefully looking around the room at the other folks in my group, I noticed that there wasn't a single person under 40 in that group. Most of the conversation around the table before our "seminar" started would lead you to believe that everyone had a minimum of associates degree or more, plus many years direct work experience. I pointed out the obvious to our moderator, and was suddenly hustled out of the room like a hot see, I pointed to and described the elephant. Learned quickly that was a big "no no". I was less than warmly welcomed in future when going to the office to view job postings or to make resume copies etc...I was dangerous. I truly believe that they just want you to quietly wait for your benefit period to expire, for funds to run out, and then you just fade away, no longer part of the statistics and no longer their responsibility.

  • In reply to Sue Fitzpatrick:

    Sue, thanks for the comment. I see you have a blog here on Chicagonow detailing your struggles with unemployment. Congrats for finding a way to write for this great platform. If you did this, you can find a job through networking that will carry you through this career transition. Welcome to the ChicagoNow community.

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