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How to Personalize Today's Impersonal Job Search

Day after day, laid-off job seekers sit at computers and apply for openings. Already isolated by job loss, the unemployed feel even more alone because of little human contact. Here are some suggestions your unemployed job hunters can use to personalize the job search and to get hired. --Make phone calls. Check in with networking contacts, follow up on job applications, highlight work skills for employers, and ask to meet even if no job opening exists. A job may open up tomorrow, and you'll be first in line. --Attend business events. Learn about growing companies, plan lunch with someone in your field, and hand out business cards that list your desired job title. Read more →

#wkdev: Connect with Growing Workforce Development Community on Twitter

Twitter is full of information and interaction for workforce development professionals. Twitter occurs in real time, so you can gain critical insight and news as it happens on issues like workforce funding, reemployment, the long-term unemployed, job search resources, the skills gap, layoff aversion, economic development, training, and more. Many workforce development professionals and associations on Twitter are using the #wkdev “hashtag” to share current information, ideas, events, and advocacy. Read more →

Dislocated Workers: Too Reclusive to Become Reemployed?

Dislocated workers who sit at home and apply for job after job online eventually become the long-term unemployed. They can also become isolated and develop a poor attitude. A recluse has little chance of becoming reemployed. The U.S. Department of Labor's Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) initiative addresses job search planning. But REAs do not cover job seeker attitude, motivation, and self-esteem. Here are a few tips to share with your dislocated workers to get them moving from isolation to reemployment: Expect to zig-zag through emotional stages, including shock, anger, and depression. Read more →

Doing More with YES in Workforce Employment Services

Your Employment Search (YES), published by Career Action Resources, is a self-guiding career assessment that counsels job seekers and the unemployed in their work search. With YES, job hunters respond to 40 statements about their job search. Job seekers then score themselves on 5 scales critical for a successful employment search. Here are the 5 YES scales and what they mean. Read more →

3 Time-Management Tips for Your Unemployed Job Seekers

If unemployed workers aren't mindful, the time they should spend job searching can get gobbled up by errands, chores, TV, video games, and naps. Yet managing time well often is not a priority for the jobless, who often feel they have hours to spare. Here are 3 tips to share with your job hunters for making the most of their day and for becoming reemployed. -- Don't delay. Start vigorously looking for a job as soon as you become unemployed. Today's average job search takes a long time, so procrastination or half-hearted job seeking will stretch finances, diminish job skills and soft skills, weaken your network, and bring great frustration. Read more →

How to Stop Dislocated Workers' Downward Spiral

As a workforce development professional, you know that extended job hunts can cause dislocated workers and the long-term unemployed to lose confidence and optimism. As the rejections pile up, offer these tips for stopping their downward spiral: --Have a plan. Help workers create a reemployment plan with target jobs, target employers, goals, and accountability. --Have successes. Suggest that the unemployed connect with someone new, find part-time work, volunteer, and improve their skills. Read more →

Shutdown Ends: ETA Issues Latest Guidance to State and Local Workforce Agencies

Now that the government shutdown thankfully is over, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, has just issued the following Training and Employment Notice (TEN) to state workforce agencies and related entities. According the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), Program Year 13 appropriations can be applied to expenses incurred on WIA adult and dislocated worker activities since Oct. 1. NAWB states that ETA staff is working on October allocations and will release an updated TEGL as soon as possible. Read more →

Put Your Job Seekers First in the Hiring Line

Many unemployed workers are unaware of strategies that can put them in the hiring-line lead. Here are some job search strategies to share with your job hunters, including the long-term unemployed. --Apply for jobs that match you. If you don’t have the right qualifications, you will most likely be eliminated instantly.  --Add descriptors and keywords to your resume from job ads, such as skills required, to help automated screening systems find you. Read more →

3 Steps for Tackling Job SEARCH Skills Gap

While we are all familiar with the job skills gap, many of today's unemployed, including the long-term unemployed, have another type of skills gap that affects their ability to get hired. It's a job search skills gap. Simply put, many people do not know how to job search effectively. So before the unemployed start training programs, try to change careers, or spend futile months on unemployment insurance, it's helpful to teach them active job-search strategies and to learn what they are doing wrong in their search.Here are 3 steps for solving your customers' job-search skills gap. This process is used in Your Employment Search (YES), a self-guiding job-search tool created for workforce agencies and career centers that are short on time and staff. Read more →

Helping Job Seekers Who Are Their Own Worst Enemy

Yes, the job market is still tough. But some job seekers make it tougher through negative behavior. As a workforce development or career services professional, you undoubtedly know unemployed individuals who --Have a bad attitude --Make excuses --Avoid networking --Put minimal time and effort into their job search –Procrastinate --Don't follow through --Give up. So how can you help job seekers who are their own worst enemy? Here are some suggestions: Read more →