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Guide to Overcoming
Being unemployed is not an
unusual situation. Most of us
are unemployed at some point
in our careers, whether we have
voluntarily chosen to be unem-
ployed to not.
Whether or not your unemploy-
ment is voluntary, it can make your
job search a bit more challeng-
ing. You can't really effectively
hide your unemployment, so you
need to manage the message about
your unemployment status in the
various stages of your job search
and the different aspects of your
Yes! You Can Find a Job!
If you have been involuntarily
unemployed for several months, or
even years, you are probably very
That's understandable and very
Finding a job while unemployed
is NOT "mission impossible" by
any means -- as long as you are
prepared and proactive in your
approach to your job search.
The Key to Finding a New Job
Don't do your job search in
solitude! With all of the rejec-
tion associated with job hunting
for everyone but a very few lucky
people, you need help understand-
ing what is dealing with the whole
job search process today.
5 Keys to Finding a New Job
Millions of people land new jobs
every month, and they weren't all
employed when they were hired.
You can, too! This is how:
1. You MUST focus your job
"Keeping your options
open" and resisting being "pi-
geon-holed" are instincts that you
need to fight, because, in this job
market using the current technol-
ogy, that instinct is deadly.
Applying for any/all jobs means
you aren't choosy about what you
apply for, and you probably apply
without meeting the requirements
about knowledge, skills, experi-
ence, or location.
Too many applications for jobs
when you don't meeting the re-
quirements can result in you being
viewed as a "resume spammer."
All applications for that employ-
er, through that job board, or via
that applicant tracking system,
by resume spammers are ignored,
even when the spammer is actually
You can't meet the requirements
for every job open, and you prob-
ably wouldn't like to do every job
that is available. So, figure out
the job that is the best fit for your
knowledge, skills, and experience.
Focus is the key to success today!
Search through a site like In-
deed, which is the largest collec-
tion of job postings in the world.
Look for jobs where you meet
most of the requirements. Focus
on jobs you would like and would
succeed at. Collect the following
• What are the standard require-
• What are the typical job titles
• Which employers in your tar-
get location hire people doing
Then, target those jobs with
your resumes, LinkedIn Profile
and other LinkedIn activities. Fo-
cus your networking and outreach
toward that job with those target
Today, a generic, keeping-my-
hole-me job search is a recipe
for failure. Because of today's
technology, job seekers must be
focused so they can bring all the
elements of their job search to-
gether and present a consistent
2. Get up-to-date with technol-
ogy recruiters use.
Employers often compare an ap-
plicant's resume with their Linke-
dIn Profile to verify the "facts"
on the resume. If you don't have
a LinkedIn Profile, your applica-
tion will probably be discarded.
The assumption made is either
that you are out-of-date with how
business works today, or you are
If you aren't actively involved
with LinkedIn (the free member-
ship is sufficient), with an up-to-
date, keyword-rich Profile, you are
going to be missed by recruiters
looking for people with your skills
and experience. Leverage the focus
you have discovered in number 1,
above, to attract employers to your
LinkedIn Profile with the right
LinkedIn is an excellent way to
build out your network, too, by
participating in relevant Linke-
dIn Groups (members can join 100
Groups) for the location, industry,
3. Don't do your job search in
Join a job club if one is available.
With all of the rejection associated
with job hunting for everyone but
a very few lucky people, you need
help understanding the whole job
search process today. Successful
job search today is radically differ-
ent from successful job search in
2010 and earlier (see the impor-
tance of LinkedIn, in #2, above).
When you are in a group, you learn
from each other, help each other, and
have a good reason to get out of the
house and away from your computer.
When you join a job club, you have
the advantage of seeing that you are
NOT the only smart, capable person
who is struggling with your job search.
You also have a larger local network, the
advantage of hearing the news about a
local employer who is expanding, being
introduced to an employer or another
member of your network, and getting
other help with your job search.
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