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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 →

Why Learning How to Job Search Empowers the Unemployed

When looking for work, many people apply for open positions and then wait for employers to call. Job hunters simply do not know that better ways to find employment exist. Then, as the job-search process drags on, the unemployed become less motivated, full of self-doubt, and dejected. They may ask questions like these: What am I doing wrong? Why don't employers respond? Why won't anyone hire me? Learning how to job hunt, therefore, is empowering. Information on effective job-search skills helps the unemployed by --Providing a sense of control and direction --Giving them proactive job-search strategies --Instilling confidence and motivation to keep going. Read more →

Labor Day 2013: A Tribute to Workers, the Unemployed, and Workforce Professionals

Labor Day 2013 will be celebrated on Sept. 2. The holiday was created by the labor movement and is dedicated to the economic and social achievements of America’s workforce. Labor Day “constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor. As many Americans enjoy a day off from work on Labor Day, the staff members at Career Action Resources extend our thoughts, best wishes, and prayers to the many people who toil and who are seeking employment and reemployment, including the following: Read more →

Clues to Why Long-Term Unemployed Aren't Getting Hired

If you don't have a job, it's harder to get one, according to research. In addition, the long-term unemployed may have other issues that affect their ability to get hired. As a workforce or career professional, you may be able to pinpoint what the long-term unemployed are doing wrong. Here are some tips: Gauge their attitude. Have your job seekers given up? Are they going through the motions? Suggest they join a job club and take job-search workshops for a shot in the arm. Ask what types of jobs they are applying for. If the answer is "everything" or "anything," help them focus their search on jobs that use their best skills and experience. Read more →

The One Step Job Seekers Must Take to Get Hired

Many job seekers get so nervous before job interviews that they spend little time preparing for them. Yet if they keep just one point in mind, candidates have a better chance of getting hired: Job seekers must put themselves in the employer's shoes and prove they can do the job well and dependably. That's it. Everything that happens in job interviews goes back to the same question in the employer's mind: Will this person do the job correctly, completely, and reliably? Read more →