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Anyone seen the jobs?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: September 13, 2012 at 10:24 am

With the presidential election about to commence, TV is filled with stories about Americans wanting – needing jobs.

Those of us outside of Washington have known that for quite awhile. Even with the most stellar resume, if you’re in a contracting industry, one where jobs are still being shipped overseas, then you won’t get many calls.

Your Options for Work in a Poor Economy

Transitioning to another industry is an option (and these days, a necessity). However, learning a new skill takes time.

Even poets are lamenting the poor employment picture these days.

We discovered Sally Van Doren’s piece “Call Us” at Poets.org. In reading Ms. Van Doren’s work, we can feel a jobseeker’s pain.

Take Action – It’s the Best Choice

No matter how bad things get, we must cling to hope. Not the pie-in-the-sky kind. The ‘I can do this” variety. If necessary, switch your industry and career. Learn a new trade. Be flexible. Show an employer you can wear many hats. Have a great resume. One that is achievement rather than task focused with an opening summary that paints you as the ideal candidate for the position.

Don’t give up. Channel your pent-up frustration and change “Call Me” into “I Got the Job”.

  • http://www.cv2interview.com Lynne

    I am in the UK, but many of your comments are also true here. Focusing on transferable skills and demonstrating achievements are both key to writing a strong career change CV (and resume). I work mostly as a freelancer for several companies (although I do have my own website, but no time to optimise it…) and I am finding that the number of career change CVs is increasing rapidly in the UK.
    I love the analytical process of writing a career change CV – I find it really enjoyable to link a job seeker with a totally new role :-)
    I love your positive approach and ‘I can do this’ approach is a great way to live life, not only when job searching.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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