Landing a Job in a Tough Economy
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate is 9.9%. While the national unemployment rate is on the decline, the underemployment rate is on the rise.
Underemployment refers to part-time or temporary workers seeking full-time work or highly skilled professionals working in positions where they are not utilizing their skills. The underemployment rate is at 20%, according to a Gallup report.
The unemployment and underemployment rate makes it extremely difficult for those trying to break into the job market. People are now applying for jobs that they are over qualified for. There are attorneys seeking administrative opportunities, for example.
Employers are using underemployment to their full advantage.
If the job requires ten major qualifications, you must possess those qualifications and more.
It is an employers market. There is a large pool of experienced candidates, which allows employers to be as picky as possible. Companies receive hundreds of resumes for each job opening. You have to use creativity to keep a competitive edge.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics suggests that the labor force has "increased sharply." As reported in the Employment Situation Summary, industries such as manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and hospitality has seen significant growth.
There are jobs out there so to try and get your hands on one, try these tips to make yourself more visible:
- Larger companies store resumes in a database and search for keywords. When writing your resume be sure to use action words geared towards the position that you are applying for.
- Make sure that your resume is error free, have family and friends check for any misspellings that you may have over looked.
- Posting your resume on a job board is a good idea, however, try to become more proactive. Reach out to friends and family, inquire about open positions at their place of employment.
- Remember contact information for recruiters send follow-up e-mails after your initial contact.
- Do not become discouraged, due to the status of the economy a job search can last well over 12 months. Understand that searching for a job is a full-time job within itself.