Straight Talk for Discouraged Job Seekers
Thanks again to Marianne McGee of InformationWeek for her great write-up on the Yoh Index a few days ago. We’ve been following the comments readers have been posting on the InformationWeek blog, and each one brings up a really strong argument and shows just how this economic downturn is affecting individuals. Simply stated, the job market today is not as strong and rosy as it was the same time last year. The most recent Index and the announcement that jobless claims hit a seven-year high are a clear indication of that.
So what does all this mean for you, the job seeker? Well, it means a few things. The first is to be realistic. If you’re looking for a new job, understand that you may not get it today, or even tomorrow. And make sure you’re qualified for the position you’re seeking. If you’ve only got three years of the necessary experience, but are applying for a job requiring five, keep in mind that you may be setting yourself back. Look for jobs that are a right fit for you and your skills, and be patient.
No telling how long this storm will last, but hopefully 2009 will bring with it some good news and stability.
Posted by Bill L.