Finding a Job Now: What It Takes In This Economy
When it comes to today's technology, simply posting a resume on a job search site isn't enough, according to Desgrosellier.
"Job seekers need to understand there's a relevance component to posting resumes. They need to know about keywords, words that are used by employers and recruiters to search for resumes."
Desgrosellier says that local computer classes can help a job seeker understand the process. "Job seekers need to be technically savvy more than before," he says.
Doing more than the usual
The usual steps of redoing the resume and reaching out to employers doesn't really cut it in today's economy, according to UpMo's Phelon.
"A hiring manager told me that everyone's overqualified these days," says Phelon. "Resumes are important but having an action plan for the job seeker and the company is what managers want. What are you going to do for the company? That's what they want to know."
And employers are in the driver's seat when it comes to hiring, says Kaye Bassman's Desgroselier.
"Companies are looking for better people," he says. "Job seekers have to make it a full-time endeavor. You have to tap into any possible resource you can."
Keeping up the Search
Patafio says he gets up every day at 6:30 a.m. in order to start looking for work. He is getting some free job counseling from his previous employer and networks all he can. He's taken a course to freshen up his resume.
Patafio figures he's got about two to three months before he and his family face the end of their savings. Patafio says he's starting to think about transferring his previous skills as a salesman to the insurance industry.
"I would say I’m optimistic," says Patafio who is married with two small children. "There are jobs out there. I'm very hopeful that something will come up later. With the number of people looking our there, it’s just going to take more time."