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Recently I have been asked for job advice or “career” advice on how to prepare for that first interview or even the steps before that, when you are trying to scramble to put a resume together or create your linkedin profile. So what do I do? Do what I do best, problem solve, this post will give you the ability to post your frustrations, your successes, ask questions and even collaborate with people who are doing exactly what you are doing, JOB HUNTING! Hope it’s helpful.

The process is  frustrating when trying to find a job in the United States today. It now takes the average unemployed worker about 33 weeks to find a job. There are millions of Americans that have not been able to find a full-time job even after searching hard for an entire year. Bummer. Being a college graduate, and job searching you might as well be your own Boss, the rates of success are almost equal. 

I’ve been very blessed with the opportunity to work for my grandparents at RigData. Not everyone is as lucky though, but that’s why I want to help. With that being said, with help I have put a TOP 5 list together on “Why it’s so Dang Hard to Find a Job.”

#1: We all know about it,  there are a lot fewer job openings in the United States today. The number of U.S. job openings keep declining, even though some say employment is rising, yes that might be true, BUT I am looking at employment for College Grads, not those who have PhD’s or MBA’s.  Prior to the most recent economic downturn, there were usually somewhere around 4.5 to 5 million job openings in America. Today there are about 3 million. Coming from the class of 2010 we were faced with an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, the highest in recent years, according to the report by the Project on Student Debt, which pointed out that unemployment rates for those without college degrees were still higher.

#2 There is a lot more competition for the very few job openings that are actually available. According to Gallup, the U.S. unemployment rate has been hovering around 10 percent for over a year. When Gallup includes “underemployed Americans” that have part-time jobs but really want full-time jobs in the numbers, they get a lot worse. Currently, Gallup says that 19.3 percent of the workforce is either unemployed or underemployed

#3 Advances in technology mean that fewer workers are needed today. A robot can do the labor that a hundred workers used to perform. A computer can do the work that a thousand people used to perform. Our society now needs less manual labor than it used to, and that is not going to change.

#4 No offense to my Chinese people, you know I love you but, Nations such as China are taking jobs away from the US. Tens of thousands of factories and millions of jobs are moving to China. There is a reason why Barack Obama mentioned China four times during his State of the Union address. China now even makes more beer than the United States does, bet you beer drinkers didn’t know that.

#5 Last but not least, are you really prepared? Look at it this way, you send your resume out to 40 potential employers for your “dream” job.  What makes you so much better than everyone else? Yes, we know that Mom and Dad and maybe the Fiance think you are amazing and don’t get me wrong I am sure you are, but one thing I have picked up on is that you have to STAND OUT, or you will never get a chance for that Interview. It all starts with the resume, DO NOT SEND A BLACK AND WHITE BORING RESUME! You know how many people send those? A countless amount. Get someone like Clayton Smith, with CAS Productions to put together a clean, nice resume for you. You have to be prepared. So how do we get prepared?

Top things that I think you need to have before your job search!

1. Linkedin Profile, hate to break it to you, but so many employers look at this now for references and more information about you!

2. Creative Resume, there are a ton of people who can put one together for you.

 4.Market yourself, make yourself look good. It’s okay employers wont think you are full of yourself, they will see it as determined and willing to put yourself out there.

5. Passion,  you can’t give up after one or two interviews. I think Steve Jobs put it best, ” Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be
truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

These are just a few things that I feel are “must haves,” for the job search for recente college grads or those getting ready to graduate. Hope it helps, feel free to comment and post what challenges you have in the job search. I look forward to hearing from you.



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