Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Reason Your Job Search Is Failing

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

Is your job search going nowhere? Do you apply for jobs all day long and get no response? This situation can cause you to second-guess yourself and blame your work history, your skills, your resume, your cover letter, your age, your gender…the list goes on.
The Reason Your Job Search Is Failing [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Job search knowledge will help you get hired fast.

The good news is, it’s not you, it’s your job hunting knowledge and know-how.

That’s right. A lack of job search skills is the main reason for job search failure, according to researchers Songqi Liu (Pennsylvania State University), Jason L. Huang (Wayne State University), and Mo Wang (University of Florida). Their study analyzed data from more than 9,500 job seekers in about 50 job search programs. 
Job hunters who learned how to job search were 2.67 times more likely to find work than those who did not. 

The job search skills taught in these programs included identifying leads and presenting yourself well in resumes and job interviews. The odds of getting hired increased even more if the job search training included motivational facets, such as being proactive (5.88 times higher) and setting goals (4.67 times).

So if want to avoid a prolonged job hunt, it’s important to learn how to job search effectively. You have many options for learning how to job search, including the following:

  • Read through my past blog posts. Effective job search techniques are one of my favorite topics. 
  • Take a job search workshop at your local American Job Center
  • Visit your alma mater. Colleges and other educational institutions have career centers that offer job search guidance to alumni. 
  • Go to a nearby public library for job search books and perhaps job search assistance. 
By investing a little time in discovering the proven techniques for a successful job search, you'll be doing yourself a big favor.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

3 Critical Mistakes After a Layoff

3 Critical Mistakes After a Layoff [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Avoid 3 critical mistakes after a layoff.

Getting laid off from a job may bring shock, stress, worry, confusion, anger, and many other emotions. But don’t let these feelings get in the way being proactive on important issues after a job loss. When people are laid off, they often neglect the following three key actions:
  • They don’t apply for unemployment insurance with their state. One study I read said that half the people eligible for unemployment insurance after a layoff don’t claim it. While I’m sure some individuals think they don't qualify, others may not want to deal with the red tape or the required job search reporting. Perhaps others feel it’s a handout. But your past employer paid into the unemployment insurance system, and it’s designed to help you survive financially until you find a new job. I recommend that you apply for unemployment insurance with your state immediately after a layoff. If your unemployment drags on, your finances will start to drain, creating even more stress for you.
  • They wait too long to start looking for a job. Laid-off workers sometimes feel they need a break from working. But the effects of waiting before starting a job hunt are many: skills atrophy, self-image and motivation diminish, energy wanes, networks fade away, and employer interest vanishes. So take a breath, and then launch into an active job search without delay.
  • They sit at the computer all day. Applying for jobs online may feel like an accomplishment. But hitting submit on an online application usually results in absolutely nothing. So it’s important to network, to seek people who can refer you to employers, to research new and growing employers, to get involved in trade associations, to call on employers who need your skills, and to keep up your skills. In other words, don't sit at the computer applying for job after job online, which is a very passive way to search for work.

If you take action after your layoff and avoid the three common mistakes, you’ll soon be on the road to reemployment.

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