Job seekers received some mixed news in early May. That’s when the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the national unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent, the lowest that figure has stood since January of 2009. This doesn’t mean, though, that there are fewer people in the country pleading, “Help me get a job!”
That’s because even though the unemployment rate fell in April, fewer new jobs were created than analysts had predicted. And the main reason that unemployment fell was that a growing number of job seekers had opted out of the job hunt, many, no doubt, because their efforts to find a job have hit a stalemate.
Searching for a Career is Still a Challenge
What does this mean to job seekers? Only that their career searching isn’t about to get any easier. In fact, many economists say that the April unemployment drop, a small one from 8.2 percent to 8.1 percent, wasn’t nearly high enough to signal that the country’s economic struggles are nearing an end.
Don’t Cut Corners in Your Job Search
If you are struggling to find a career, then, the message is clear: You can’t cut any corners in your job search. You need to take advantage of every tool at your disposal in your efforts to find a new job in 2012.
This means that you have to concentrate on networking with your circle of business and personal associates. It’s only through networking, after all, that you’ll learn of those positions in the hidden job market, open positions that haven’t been advertised on Craigslist, Monster.com, or any other online job board.
Hunting for Jobs Through Social Media
It also means that you have to rely on such social media sites as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to keep in contact with your followers who might have their own job leads for you. In today’s difficult jobs market, it’s important to cultivate job leads that won’t generate hundreds of resumes. And those jobs that first show up in newspaper “Help Wanted” sections or on online employment websites, unfortunately, will generate that flood of resumes in today’s competitive hiring market.
If you’re still making the same request of everyone you meet – “Help me get a job!” – maybe it’s time that you took a more aggressive approach to your job search. If you need help learning about the many tools available to today’s job hunters, consider signing up for our Get Hired Bootcamp today.