The US Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that over 150,000 jobs were lost in association with “mass layoffs” in the first quarter of 2013. 2392 of them were here in San Diego. That’s the bad news. The good news is, the San Diego figure is less than a third of what it was a year ago.
Still, job loss is job loss. For the unemployed, what does it mean for you? It means competition is still fierce for what jobs are out there, and it means you really have to have your ducks in a row for your job search. Here’s a checklist:
- Make sure your basic resume is up to date, and as perfect as you can make it.
- Create multiple resumes from that basic one, each tweaked slightly to target a specific job or field.
- Work your network – former co-workers, former bosses, etc. Don’t be obnoxious about it, but stay in contact – sometimes just to say hi, without mentioning your job status.
- Scan the business section of the local newspaper or of the local Business Journal. Look for announcements of companies that are moving to the area, or of ones that are expanding (yes, some of those do exist).
- Practice your elevator speech – you never know when you might run in to someone in line at the bank or in the grocery store, and in conversation you learn their company is looking for someone like you. Your elevator speech – thirty seconds, no more – can come in handy in these situations.
- Have business cards made up – they can be obtained cheaply on-line, or you can get the kind you can print yourself. Hand one to the person you just delivered your elevator speech to.
- No matter how down you may feel about your employment status or about the stats of the local economy, don’t let a potential employer see it. No one wants to hire a negative person.
- Look at volunteer opportunities. No, they don’t provide an income – but you never know what contacts you might make that can lead to a paying job.
- Consider reaching out to a potential employer where you were on the list of finalists for a job. You never know – they might have another opening that you would be right for.
- Treat yourself occasionally by participating in a favorite inexpensive pastime. Everyone needs to recharge their batteries, even those in between jobs.
There’s an old cliché that says the best defense is a good offense. That’s exactly the philosophy to take against lingering unemployment. So what’s the play call to get your job search in gear? Takes this checklist, and run with it.