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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 →

8 Points Dislocated Workers Must Manage to Move Forward

The preceding blog article, titled "Shifting from Shock to Reemployment," explained how the overwhelming issues faced by displaced workers can fit into eight categories. This entry continues the discussion. Based on input from workforce development professionals, interviews with dislocated workers, and a review of the related research, here are the broad points that the unemployed need to consider as they face daily life without the benefits and structure of a job: Read more →

Shifting from Shock to Reemployment

Numb. Shocked. Immobilized. That’s how many dislocated workers feel as they pack up their desks and lockers, say good-bye to co-workers, and carry out personal belongings. They walk out the door into a world of worries: What do I do now? How will I pay my bills? Who will ever hire me? As the anxieties after job loss mount, the newly unemployed may have difficulty sorting through their questions, options, and fears. Creating a job search plan for their next steps may be overwhelming. The situation may cause delays in seeking help and being proactive on job search, financial, and personal fronts. After losing a job, “frustration can set in if you are not in a proper state of mind,” said John Graham, a dislocated worker from Pennsylvania. “After a layoff, folks may be too deep into anger, self-pity, or denial.” Read more →