I should have run this on Monday (Labor Day), but oh well…
I saw an article on cnn/Time.com called For Unemployed, Labor Day Another Stressful Day. Yup, I’d have to agree. I want to pull out some parts of the article and comment on them. Sorry for the negative post and thoughts… I guarantee tomorrow will be 1,000% positive!
>> The nearly 15 million unemployed Americans won’t enjoy Labor Day as a relaxing respite from work
Ah, there you go – how many competitors do you have? 15M.
>> “It’s hard to maintain your focus that you’re a valuable member of society when you go three months and nobody really wants to employ you,” says…
Try being unemployed for 4 months. Or 10. Or 24. Won’t happen to you? Perhaps not, but I’d suggest a healthy dose of career preparation.
>> The economy is showing signs of being on the mend. Yet that’s hardly reassuring to the unemployed this Labor Day weekend. The job market is in lousy shape and will stay that way for a while.
Absolutely right. Economists are optimistic that good stuff is coming… but if you think good stuff is going to happen the day they say it will, you are mistaken. Check out my webinar with Mark Hovind where he talks about the idea of when the recession is over, and when we can feel the effects of not being in a recession anymore. These two things don’t happen on the same day.
>> And it could take four years or more for the unemployment rate to fall back down to a normal level of about 5 percent.
Ah yes, now we are talking sensibly. Let me put this into perspective – are you ready for a crappy 4 years, with so many unemployed, companies not investing or spending, etc.? Waiting for the economy to correct itself might not be a strong job search strategy.
>> Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ advice to the unemployed: “I would tell those workers and families not to lose sight of hope.” She urges them to seek the skills, education and training needed for new jobs. But she acknowledges these are tough times.
Thanks for the advice Hilda. Attitude is critical – but many are beyond “losing sight of hope.”
My advice to job seekers can be found here: Career Management Tips While At College (not just for college kids), and:
- Advice for the job seeking college student
- How To Volunteer In The Job Search
- Job Seekers…Help Your Network Help You (this is about effectively communicating who you are and how others can help you)
- Job Search Tips: What I Should Have Done In The First 30 Days
- How To Find A Job In A Recession