I would think, “wow, who’s going to hire all those people and save them? But as I got older, I realized myself that you have to stay versatile. Sometimes education doesn’t have to come from a college or university.It’s great to have that one special skill set that is bankable. A whole new industry and set of jobs were created by social media.Then review your resume and cover letter to see if you address those specific needs. We have the power of Google, Linked In and the like to get all the information you need about your potential employer. Plus you’ll get some extra points for knowing about them before you walk in the door. And what are you willing to do to create your brand and market yourself to be seen and noticed? If you do what needs to be done, you will be a survivor.Finally, tap into your network to see who knows who in your target company. But sit on your hands waiting to be rescued, and you find yourself up a creek…literally.If you’re currently employed at a company where they will reimburse for professional training or in a state where the local Department of Labor is able to pay part of all of the expense, take advantage of it.Also look into scholarship or waiver opportunities to help with the expense.People are more likely willing to share with you if you show a real interest.
As I peruse the various news sites and blogs, I see a fast growing sentiment of anger and despair from a whole lot of angry people.Make sure you can actually do the job (and have a proven track record of accomplishments) before you apply.As it is, many resumes submitted through company websites and job boards are ignored.People have a right to be angry, I don’t take that away from them, but you cannot wallow in anger indefinitely, blaming Republicans & Democrats. At what point do you pull yourself together and start seeking other options?Who’s to blame for you not learning new skills or exploring other career options? Your life is what you make it to be and no government or corporation has an obligation to help you figure it out.But you always have to be mindful that skills (and people) become outdated or replaceable. People didn’t go to school to learn how to maximize social media.I’m not being mean or uncaring, I’m stating the facts. They used their current skills and learned social media as they went along.Not everyone is meant to be a business owner, but you can take your skills and market them to companies who are willing to pay top dollar for your knowledge.Look to continuing education and certification programs.So if you don’t have the skills or experience, not only will you be ignored, but you’ll probably be deleted.Take time to read the different job postings and get an understanding of what they are looking for. Who will you need to connect with to be successful? What skills do you need and how will you get those skills? Don’t let the unemployment numbers or ratio of applicants to jobs scare you.