If you are one of the millions of Americans looking for a new job, it may seem impossible. Truth is, there are jobs and opportunities out there if you know where to look and how to present yourself. A new study found 41 percent of workers who were laid off from full-time positions in the last three months have found new full-time jobs. The downside? Nearly half who were laid off in the last year but found new jobs are working for less pay.
Jason Ferrara of Careerbuilder.com likes to put that in context. Everyone knows the economy is just about as bad as it’s been in generations, so the mere fact that people are able to find new jobs is a great sign. On Thursday’s OTM Job Center Ferrara, along with our two money advisors Bill Losey and Ivory Johnson, spoke to three viewers and gave them a direct line to their next jobs. A recap of those conversations is below:
Robert, 51, Maryland
Robert has a strong background in hospital management. His last full-time job was as an assistant vice president for Accreditation. With more than 20 years of experience in the field and 10 years in human resources, he had no idea how hard it would be to get his foot back in the door. In the last six months, he has sent out over 200 resumes, had at least 40 phone interviews and 10 second round interviews with no success.
Ferrara suggested to Robert that he condense the lead of his resume and bring the career highlights closer to the top. He also recommended he apply to the follow three available positions:
1. Medical Surgical Service Line, Sr. Director – Marvel Consultants (he would be responsible for all the cancer programs throughout the organization)
2. Senior Executive – Keswick at Home (would direct the home healthcare initiatives for the company)
3. Internal Leadership & Organization Development Consultant – Adventist HealthCare (this would work well with his leadership and strategy experience as it is a consulting role within the organization)
Johnson encourages Robert to network and Losey offered this piece of advice: send out the resume and cover letter in a “money bag” in order to stand out. You can order one at 3DMailResults.comand it should help push the resume to the top of the pile.
Debra, 42, New York
Debra was laid off in December from Bank of America Securities because of the merger with Merrill Lynch. She had been a project manager there for 5 years and most of her career before that had been on Wall Street. She wants to stay in the financial industry but has also applied for jobs in education and the health industry. She’s networking like crazy, sending out resumes but still having trouble getting called back. She says she’s flexible and willing to do what it takes, but is also frustrated with the process.
Ferrara told Debra to emphasize her project management background on her resume, as this is a very transferable skill that many businesses look for. The jobs he found for her are:
1. Project Delivery Manager – Federal Reserve Bank of New York
2. Project Coordinator – Anchor QEA (an environmental consulting company)
3. Executive Assistant – Godiva Chocolatier (this would be a step below Debra’s qualifications but it’s something she could transfer into immediately and build from their)
Johnson wonders if the Obama Administration couldn’t use a project manager with Wall Street experience. He just met with a construction company who told him the government is tracking the stimulus money like a hawk, which would bode well for a project manager.
Peter, 37, California
A recent business school graduate, and previous a law degree, Peter has experience in financial services and real estate but has spent the last year looking for a job. He’s recently expanded his horizons to include new media and technology and is taking classes at the local community college in computer science and web development – he even made a website to showcase his experience – but is having trouble finding meaningful leads in the L.A. area.
Ferrara told Peter to customize every single resume he sends out because he’s applying to such a wide variety of companies within different industries. Tech jobs won’t care so much about his law degree so he should move that down the totem pole to expose the experience he has that’s in line with the specific job. The jobs he found for Peter are a diverse bunch:
1. Vice President, Controller – CIM Group (this would hit Peter’s sweet spot of real estate and finance)
2. Channel Marketing Manager – AT&T (a good way to transition into the technology field)
3. SEO Specialist – 1-800-Dentist (a “hardcore” tech job that requires specific skills but would mark a radical change)
Johnson recommended Peter consider becoming a professor for an online university with his diverse skill set. He’s qualified and it’s something he could do at home while also getting some new web experience.
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