Overcoming Long-Term Unemployment

11.21.2012


Overcoming Long-Term Unemployment
Overcoming Long-Term Unemployment

It's easy to get discouraged when you have been looking for your next work position for a long time, and there are specific techniques you can use if you are feeling weary in your quest to find a job.

A lot of people who are looking for a new job do not know the best way to request counsel or assistance in improving their search, says Miriam Salpeter, who is a coach and also the co-author of "100 Conversations for Career Success," according to U.S. News and World Report. She told the media outlet that "it is hard for many job seekers to know how best to ask for help."

She and her co-author work together to provide people who are looking for jobs with input at every stage of their search, ranging from initial phone screens to how to manage one's image most effectively through social media.

Long-Term Unemployment 

One area where Salpeter provides advice is for people experiencing long-term unemployment, advising that these individuals consider the processes they are using to look for their next position, the media outlet reports.

She says that if you have been jobless for this long, you are most likely repeating the same processes for months or in some cases years. She recommended that if you are in this situation, you should "examine your methods. If what you are doing isn't working, don't keep doing the same thing. Make a change."

Salpeter recommends that if you are in a situation like this, you might benefit from analyzing the materials you are currently using to look for jobs, including your social media profiles, resume and cover letters, according to the news source.

Key questions you can ask are "do your documents sharply define your personal brand? Do they clearly articulate your experience and the successes that you have achieved so far in your career?" You might want to reconsider your existing elevator pitch and also revamp your resume.

It is important to note that if you have been out of work for a while, hiring managers may be more reluctant to give you a chance. You might consider scouring your existing social network to see if you have any connections who could potentially get you a job. Knowing the right people could help you to get around the negative connotation that can be given to the long-term unemployed. 

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