From the late 2000s to the early 2010s, the United States suffered from what experts coined as “The Great Recession.” During this troubling period in US history, the unemployment rate slowly reached 9.5%, and then peaked at 10.0% in the months after the recession was officially over.
Ever resilient, our nation slowly clawed its way back to achieve a full recovery with unemployment hovering at an impressive 3.9% as of April 2018.
The unemployment rate is currently so low that it has only hit this level a few times in modern history. The last time was during the dot-com bubble in 2000. But before that, you must go back to the late 1960s, to find a time that the unemployment rate was marginally lower.
While this is good news for our country, it’s a mixed blessing for anyone searching for a new job or considering a job change. Although America is working, the numbers don’t necessarily represent those that are looking for work, or those looking to change jobs or careers. The reality is, there will always be job seekers…no matter the unemployment rate.
And therein lies the problem. If most people are working, it’s much more difficult for a job seeker to land his/her job of choice. So, what’s a job seeker to do? In order to be a happy job hunter, it takes ingenuity, skill, patience and grit.
In the first two installments of our #HappyJobHunting series, Jillian Morton, Technical Recruiter, CPI, gives us her advice on how to write a great resume and how to give an effective interview.
In the third installment of the series, Jillian stresses the importance of networking. In particular, she highlights the important of utilizing online networking such as LinkedIn.
“Staying connected to mentors, peers and professionals online and in real life, is vital to a long and successful career,” said Morton. “Developing a genuine and diverse network, which includes relationships with recruiters like me, will safeguard your future job searches, should the need ever arise.”
Have a question you’d like answered on the #HappyJobHunting series? Please email Kristie Lohmeier, Marketing Analyst, CPI at firstname.lastname@example.org today.