The Great Recession is over and while job growth is still not at the chart topping rates of the early 2000s, jobs are out there and employers are hiring.
So, why are you still unemployed? After nearly a quarter of a century of helping people to find jobs and helping employers to find talent; I realize that matching the right person with the right job is difficult.
However, as a job search candidate there are many critical variables that you can control. Here are five reasons why you might be still unemployed.
1. You refuse to relocate.
The job recovery has not come to all parts of the country. Job seekers who are willing to relocate stand a better chance of matching with an employer in search of their skills.
2. You are applying for jobs exclusively on job boards.
Less than 50% of all open jobs are posted on job boards. Job seekers with a diversified job search strategy have more options. My post How to Tap The Hidden Job Market will provide details on getting off of the job board treadmill.
3. Your friends and family are unaware that you are looking for a job.
If the Great Recession has taught us anything, there is no shame if you are unemployed. Therefore, job seekers should tell everyone they know that they are looking. Your friends and family can be your best allies; by giving you an extra set of eyes and ears for opportunities. If you’re worried about being a bother; stop it. People love to help when there is a need; especially family and friends.
4. You are ineffectively using LinkedIn.
Sure, you have a LinkedIn profile; but, is it really getting you notice by recruiters? Are you using the site to find companies and hiring managers; long lost, but influential classmates and most importantly, jobs? A LinkedIn profile must also include a comprehensive strategy to leverage the entire tool to get you notice; and find the people that can lead you to the job of your dreams. My blog How to Get Noticed on LinkedIn is a great read as you start developing a LinkedIn job search strategy.
5. You are not networking
A U.S. Department of Labor study confirmed that a staggering 80% of all jobs are acquired via networking. Networking is the key to finding a job. Personal face to face networking and follow-up is the number one skill I teach my job search clients. I believe in networking and the power that it can bring to the job search. I have written extensively about networking.
Here are some posts that will turn you into the kind of networker that can find a job:
Final Thoughts: You Will Be Employed
Believe me. I have been unemployed and I know what it is like to mount a job search. The discouragement, uncertainty and lack of income can be overwhelming. However, I also know that no matter how long you have been unemployed, you can find a job. If you are guilty of one or more of the items listed in this post take heart. You can turn it around in an instant. How? A little understood fact about the job search process is that the candidate is really the one in charge. You can make it happen, and with God’s grace and mercy you will find a job.
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Marben Bland is a professional speaker, writer and business strategist. Specializing in assisting business with the acquisition of human and financial capital along with the strategies required to succeed in the marketplace.