It can happen to anyone. You're gainfully employed one day, the next you're laid off. Clay Weldon can tell you what it's like.
As ABC 4 chronicles "A Family on the Brink" we follow Clay's effort to find that elusive job and save his family's home.
His job search now in it's fifth month, ABC 4 invited job search and employment placement experts to critique Clay's efforts and highlight what we can learn about how to be most effective in finding a job in today's slumping marketplace.
As Leesha Clark of Andersen Certified Consulting tells us, Clay is on the right track.
"Lesson 1- Time & Patience—Stay focused
Do not get discouraged, we inform our candidates that in today’s job market it takes an average of 5-6 months to find full-time employment, but we‘ve noticed some improvement in the job market over the past month so stay focused the market will change.
Your resume is the most important tool you have so if you’re not receiving calls for interviews you should take another look at your resume, it should speak volumes about your qualifications and experience.. No spelling errors, correct punctuation, etc. You may also want to have a professional review your resume.
Have a couple of resumes for various positions; send your resume to employers that match your specific education and experience. Be willing to sacrifice some of your expectations from an employer, in today’s market you may not find exactly what you’re looking but you never know what the future holds with an potential employer.
Lesson 3- Interviewing Tips
During an interview be confident, not arrogant; talk about your accolades to the potential employers to let the employer know what sets you apart from your competition.
Always list your accolades on your resumes and remember don’t be shy to talk about yourself; no one else knows you like you do!
Lesson 4 – Volunteer- Networking
Any opportunity to network you should take advantage of; volunteer, call former employers, call former colleagues, call staffing agencies, work with a recruiter, attend job fairs, join a community group. NETWORK, NETWORK, AND NETWORK!
Lesson 5- Family
Family and friends can keep you focused and can help you stay positive, and they are another good resources for networking.
Also, never feel like you’re alone because we know many people are in your same situation, but as mentioned before we feel the job market is beginning to stabilize and change is coming! .
Lesson 6- No one cares about your job search as much as you do
Work with a staffing agency that can help you succeed in your job search. Find a reputable recruiter that specializes in your area of expertise.
Recruiters are a valuable tool because many employers use “employment agencies” or “head-hunters” to save their company time and money.
Andersen Certified Staffing"