In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 25, 2006 / 29 Tamuz, 5766

Advice for the long-term unemployed

By Marty Nemko

Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I recently asked an audience of 100 job seekers, "How many of you have been unemployed for more than a year?" Despite the U.S.unemployment rate being near all-time lows, surprisingly, 25 percent raised their hand.

Not surprisingly, the long-term unemployed get despondent. Here are some ropes that can pull you out of the muck, and perhaps land you a job.

Let's troubleshoot your job search:

1. How many hours a week do you spend looking for a job?

You should spend 20 to 30 hours a week, 10 to 15 if you're working full-time. Less than that and you'll go too long between interviews. That will make you despondent or desperate sounding. Or you'll give up and settle for a survival job such as clerk at Home Depot.

2. How wisely do you spend your job search time?

Good uses of time: answering ads you're truly qualified for, asking people in your personal and professional network for leads, cold-contacting hiring managers and desirable employers.

Bad uses of time: undue resume primping, extensive company research just for a cold-contact letter, answering job ads you are not fully qualified for.

3. Are you targeting too narrow a niche? Perhaps too few jobs are open in that niche.

4. Have you been targeting too high-level a job? Perhaps you need to ratchet down a notch or two.

5. If you have had more than a few interviews, none of which yielded a job offer, you interview poorly and/or your references aren't singing your praises.

To check out your interview skills, do a mock interview with a career counselor, and have it videotaped and critiqued. Often, that service is available free through your state's unemployment department.

To see if your references have been sabotaging you, have a friend call them and ask for a reference. Even if an employer's policy precludes giving more than the employee's dates of employment, the tone of voice can speak volumes.

If your scout finds that your references are not effusive, consider talking with your reference. Say something like, "In this tight job market, I need to be able to know that my references will give me a strong endorsement. Do you feel you're in a position to do that?" If he says yes, the person will probably be more positive the next time he's called. If he says no, ask, "I'm eager to become a better employee in the future. Can you give me some brutally honest feedback?" That information may indeed help you be a better employee, and probably confirm that you need to find a better reference.

Also, if even people you consider your allies won't give you a good reference, then it's time for some self-evaluation.

1. Do you really have sufficient skills? Do you need to get more training or switch to a job on which you would do a better job?

2. Do you have personal problems that keep you from being a good employee? For example, are you preoccupied with family problems? A physical or mental health issue? A drug or alcohol problem? Do you need to better address those?

3. Do you need an attitude adjustment: Are you cynical? A complainer? An undue pessimist? Are you working hard enough?

Usually, the best way to determine how good an employee you are is a 360-degree evaluation. Obtain feedback from your past bosses, co-workers, supervisees, vendors, and customers. For example, you might ask, verbally or in writing, "As part of my professional development, I periodically like to get some feedback about my work. Honestly, would you rate me: excellent, good, fair, or poor? And tell me what you like and don't like about my work." That may produce painful results, but will help you become a better employee, so perhaps you won't have to look for a job again for a long time.

Many talented people have an unimpressive employment history. For example, they may not have a degree or a degree in a not well-respected major such as sociology, education, or gender studies. They may have taken years off to raise children. Or they may have spent the last three winters as a ski bum and the summers lying on their parent's couch. Even if your work history wouldn't impress a Taco Bell manager, you can instantly catapult yourself from schlepper to CEO by becoming self-employed. Of course, most startups fail, but you can greatly increase your odds--see the entrepreneurship articles on in my archives.

Get support in your job search. If your job search is taking more than a few weeks, the rejection, the being ignored, the lack of structure in your life, not to mention the lack of income can take a toll. Often, it helps to be in a group of other job seekers. In many locales, free support groups are available through your state's unemployment department or a local church. You might also want to consider two fee-based support groups: Barbara Sher's Success Teams. (Shersuccessteams.com) and the Five O' Clock Club (www.fiveoclockclub.com.)

Adopt these strategies and you'll almost assuredly land a job. But I can tell you from experience, the long-term unemployed tend to nod in agreement and then not follow through. Don't you be one of those.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

400+ of Dr. Nemko's published writings are on www.martynemko.com. Comment by clicking here.


© 2006, Dr. Marty Nemko