It’s a chilling thought for anyone in need of help finding a job: If Congress fails to once again support federal unemployment programs, more than 2 million U.S. residents who are out of work will stop receiving their unemployment checks on Dec. 28.
This, of course, is one of the possible repercussions of the infamous fiscal cliff, that point in time when, if Congress and the White House can’t agree on a mix of budget cuts and tax increases, automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will go into effect.
The Human Cliff
In a written statement, one legislator, Rep. Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, referred to what he called the “human cliff.” Levin bemoaned the fact that, unless Congress takes action, more than 2 million U.S. residents will lose key financial support – in the form of an unemployment check – during the tail-end of the holiday season.
The hope, of course, is that Congress will swing into action and make sure that those unemployment benefits don’t disappear.
But you need to ramp up your job search strategies if you’re looking to make a professional career change, anyway. You don’t want to have to rely on unemployment checks to get by, whether or not the government can finally reach an agreement to prevent the fiscal cliff.
The Challenging Search for a Job
Conducting a search for a job is no easy task today. There are still millions of U.S. residents looking for jobs. And the national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent doesn’t even take into account all those residents who’ve given up on finding work.
If you want to make the career change that you seek, it’s time to brush up on your networking skills, hit the key social media sites – Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook – attend job fairs, and revamp your resume and cover letter.
You need to use all of the tools at your disposal to find work today.
The Best Candidate
Simply put, you want to turn yourself into the best candidate for every job opening in your field. That means studying trends in your field, holding networking lunches with your business contacts to stay updated on important changes in your industry, and participating in social media discussions about your field.
The more connected you are to your industry during your time of unemployment, the better your odds of landing that dream job.
If you need help with job search strategies, consider signing up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today. Our career counselors can help anyone in need of help finding a job.