Maintain market value among the long-term unemployed
Over the past two weeks, we’ve looked at the psychology of job rejection and discussed two effects of long-term unemployment on job seekers, namely loss of status and social isolation. This week we turn our attention to employers’ advice to the long-term unemployed on how they can remain marketable.
Brent Rasmussen, in an article titled “What Employers Want From Long-Term Unemployed,” shares insight from Career Builders research on how employers think long-term job seekers can stand out. According to the article, eighty-five percent of employers understand job gaps better than in previous years and reveal steps long-term job seekers can take to gain attention. on their curriculum vitae.
Two of the steps are:
1. Take a class or go back to school. In research, 61% of employers recommend that long-term job seekers take a certification course, attend professional seminars, or enroll in college courses. They believe that if the topic broadens the skills of job seekers, the information should feature prominently on their resumes.
2. Volunteering. Few job seekers understand the logic of volunteering with their time and skills. However, sixty percent of hiring managers say volunteering increases the market value of job seekers. Volunteering builds your personal and professional character. Employers recommend that “job seekers choose volunteer work that can be integrated organically into their existing work histories – and then be willing to sell it in the same way as the rest of their work history.”
In a recent conversation with a longtime job seeker, she thought tracking job applications indicated a level of desperation, and she didn’t want to sound desperate. However, as a hiring manager, one job search tactic that I find underused is “follow-up”.
Research shows that two-thirds of job seekers never follow up with employers after applying for a job. I remember hiring a candidate who, after submitting her application, went to the office so that I could put a face to her name and called emphatically every month to see if there was an opening. . Rasmussen, said sending an email a week or two after submission can prompt you to take a closer look or revise your resume.
In conclusion, no matter how frustrating the job search process can be, it is important to strive to maintain a positive attitude and build self-confidence. I highly recommend becoming an Honorary Member of Toastmasters International if you cannot afford a full membership. Attending regular meetings and interacting with professionals will help you hone your leadership and communication skills, build your self-confidence, and create networking opportunities.
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