Unemployment is currently around 9% in Wisconsin. It is no doubt a tough market. If you have been in a job search for any length of time you know how difficult it can be to secure a job in this economy. If you are stuck in your job search it may be time to take a look at your attitude. Here are some common traps job seekers can fall into:
Remember you are a product you are trying to sell. No one owes you a job. Your primary focus should be on what you can offer an organization to solve their problems. Your second focus should be on if you and the company are a good fit for each other. You also need to understand the skills employers want. Bring these out in your resume and in interviews. Successful job seekers understand the unique skills they have and talk about them on their resume and in interviews.
This one is the flip side of entitlement. Are you so desperate you will take anything? Interviewers will be able to tell you want any job. Target your job search for jobs that are a good fit for your skills. A successful job seeker is confident, never cocky. They have a solid list of past accomplishments on their resume and can have a conversation with potential employers about those accomplishments.
Has your job disappeared? Many jobs in Wisconsin are in decline. Check out the jobs in decline in Wisconsin. It may be a waste of time to look for jobs in an industry in decline. It may be time to think about a career transition. A successful job seekers understands the types of companies that are hiring and the skills that are in demand.
You are in Charge
The job search and getting a job is up to you. You have to be actively seeking a job. If you are sending out resumes and hoping for the best you will be unemployed a long time. You must use a variety of job search techniques. Networking is one step you must absolutely take. Hecht & Harrison a local search firm has estimated 80% of jobs found during this recession are found through networking. I have friend who found a job in three weeks in this recession because she networked extensively. She also treated the job search like a full time job. If you want to be successful take your job seriously. Take advantage of local networking events in Milwaukee. A successful job seeker will take advantage of these events to make valuable contacts and learn about job openings.
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