Every day I read more and more articles that indicate the job market is starting to turn around and that the average U.S. employee is more comfortable leaving their job, as prospects of new ones will pop up. Yes, there are some industries where jobs are increasing, but not many for white collar workers. Fortune 1000 companies continue to layoff workers on a weekly basis, and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight. DO NOT be fooled in thinking that you can slack off on your search because there are more jobs out there for you. This is very unlikely to be true. Below is a few things you want to keep in mind when reading articles about job growth.
1) Unemployment is running out for 220,000 people per week. These individuals will no longer be counted in the unemployment rate numbers.
2) If you are unemployed, companies that ARE looking to hire will be going after individuals that already have jobs. The individual that is working is much more value to any company than someone who isn’t. Trust me, it is easier to get a job when you have one than when you don’t.
The good news is that there are some industries that are adding employees. If you work in Green Technology, Healthcare or Infrastructure, you have opportunities many people will not have, so take advantage of them.
My point of this article is not to discourage you, my point is to make sure you stay the course. Do not slack off now! Keep working hard toward your goal. Jobs are out there, you just have to work even harder now to find them and get an offer. I wish you continued luck in your job search!