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March 13, 2013

Did you hear the good news?  According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% in February, the lowest rate since December 2008!  The US Economy added 336,000 jobs in February which is even better than the 119,000 workers hired in January. But wait, you haven’t felt the good fortune?  Yeah, I hear you.

While the news is encouraging, I can attest that not everyone has been offered the job of his or her dreams  just yet…(Check out CNN’s Map of unemployment by state for a comparison look at how your state is faring.)

Today’s blog post is focusing on some of the tougher aspects of being unemployed. I’ve found some great pieces that offer expert tips & tricks and resources to help you in your job search. (Think Elephant in the living room kind of topics.)

Advice for the Job Search Blues – Are you feeling down by the constant rejection you’ve faced during your current job search? Or, perhaps just the frustration of sitting at home unable to exercise your true talents? I suggest you read Dr. Tom Denham‘s What To Do for Job Search Blues.  He offers some candid advice on tangible steps to fight your feelings of pessimism.

Handling Rejection – Folks often feel down during a job search especially when they get rejected from the “perfect job.” Check out this piece on the upside of rejection from Michael Spinale on How to Handle Rejection. He illustrates how being gracious even in the face of defeat can lead to new opportunities.

Answering Why You Were Fired – Here’s a topic everyone hopes won’t come up in an interview. However, we all know, a hiring manager is going to probe any applicant on why they left their prior employer. Better to be prepared than act like a Sagehen…Check out Alison Doyle‘s Top 12 Best Answers to Why You Were Fired.

Wrongful Termination – Has your job been terminated?  Are you at a loss as to what to do? In some cases, legal action may be required. Check out MacLeod Law Firm’s blogpost for a 360 degree Perspective on Employee Termination. It offers some helpful information and terminology.

I hope these offer you some new information and useful advice.

Statue Of The Elephant-headed by Sorapop

Statue Of The Elephant-headed by Sorapop

October 11, 2012

As the old saying goes, “If the shoe fits, wear it.”  This advice may not be as helpful as you think. Recently, Monster.com came out with an interesting survey of close to 1,000 people questioning whether they are on the correct career path.  The results were startling, “only 12% of respondents answered that they feel they are on the career path they want to stay on for the rest of their careers.”  What is more important is that 78% of respondents chose, “No, I need to make a change.”  Of of 944 respondents, that means 736 are dissatisfied with their current career path. Pretty huge.

This got me thinking about the 78% who are not in the right job. What then?  I suggest it is time to take stock and begin conducting a job search. Here are a couple of resources to check out to kick start the process: 5 goals to improve your job search — this useful blog post from The WiseJobSearch.com which offers some easy to manage, logical steps to take to get your job search started.

I also found this post on 50 Job Search Tips from Recruiters complied by Jason Buss. I like that he categorized the tips (e.g., personal brand, research and prep, resume) making it easier to hone in on the areas you most need help or advice. This is a very handy list and it provides good insight from the folks who tend to do the hiring.

If you feel you have not yet found your true career path don’t panic, you are not alone!