This past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a program describing the plight of people who had been unemployed for one, two, three or four plus years.

In the story – Trapped in Unemployment – Scott Pelley indicated that today, there are over 4 million Americans who have been out of work for more than a year.

One of the individuals interviewed related being at home alone, in front of a computer, answering hundreds of job ads – but not receiving any invitations to interview. I found myself talking to him and the others – through the television – telling them what they were doing wrong!

Why are these individuals, some of your family members and friends – or you – out of work for a year, two years or more?

How do you crack the code and discover the strategies to prevent or recover from long-term unemployment?

Causes

  • Applying to online job ads and expecting a call.
  • Not paying attention to industry and company indicators.
  • Not making a short- and long-term career plan.
  • Allowing the skills and competencies for desired roles to become obsolete.
  • Not having an online presence that documents knowledge, thought leadership, or memorable competencies.
  • Not utilizing social media to its best advantage.
  • ‘Key influencer’ contacts have decreased rather than increased.
  • Not building long-term personal relationships with search firms and recruiters.
  • Not volunteering and serving in visible leadership roles in industry associations.
  • Not searching for and accepting broadening assignments.
  • Not implementing external reputation enhancement strategies.  Not leveraging this enhanced reputation ‘capital’ internally.
  • Not identifying and leveraging a leadership career brand.

Impacts

  • Becoming invisible to movers and shakers in your industry.
  • The possibility of being hired in a role of the same level, scope and compensation diminishes quickly after 60 days of unemployment.

Strategies to Crack the Code

  • Develop LinkedIn contacts to include industry movers and shakers.
  • Use Internet job sites to identify openings – then use your network to get an interview.
  • Participate in a few free LinkedIn optimization webinars to learn how to increase your ranking.
  • Google key words relevant to your role and your industry – does your name show up?
  • Google your name – only to identify if there is adverse information.  Remember recruiters won’t Google your name until you are a bona fide candidate.
  • Become a thought leader.
  • Develop an external reputation enhancement strategy.
  • Take action on your customized multiple revenue stream strategy so that all of your ‘eggs’ are not in one basket.
  • Take a leadership role in a few influential clubs or associations.
  • Re-tool, re-connect, re-engage, re-new.

A question for you to consider:

  • Do you have a plan to prevent or recover quickly from long-term unemployment?

 

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Christine M. Glasco consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on career management/career transformation and strategic leadership development solutions.  To request a complimentary copy of Five Tips to Transform Your Executive Career  and to receive Is Your Career on Track? Assessment and e-Workbook  go to: www.christineglasco.com   Email:  cglasco@charter.net

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