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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 →