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.