Sunday, December 06, 2009

Bureau of Labor Statistics: "There are 6.3 job hunters for every available job"

Noting that the BLS has found 6.3 job hunters per job, an employment advice column includes the following text and then the 10 most common mistakes in a job interview:

"The competition is tough enough without giving potential employers reasons not to hire you," says Tim Schoonover, chairman of outplacement and leadership-development firm OI Partners.

Here are the most common errors career coaches at OI Partners see -- and how to fix them.

IPBiz notes that presenting false credentials, as happened in the Than case in California, is not on the list.

On the general subject of unemployment is the lead story (titled "Out of Work") on CBS Sunday Morning on 6 Dec. 09.

More than 15 million Americans are still out of work. Unemployment is 10%.

A tagline was: Involuntary dwellers in a disorientating world: America's unemployed.

Michael McGlaughlin, a person giving the bad news to some of their firing, was interviewed. "I can still remember mostly every person I have laid off." Quinn Agnew, a human resources person, also had to lay off people, but her position was eliminated (news given to her over the phone). She observed: "You have to have a lot of tenacity." KNJM radio (owned by ClearChannel) makes time for job pitches during an afternoon show: Radio Resume.

What’s a Radio Resume? It’s a 30 second spot (5 second intro & 25 second pitch). About 3-4 sentences. It closes with a request to see your resume on the station’s web site, where all of the Radio Resume participants’ resumes (past and present) are hosted.

See also

Jobless professionals vie for holiday sales work :
Until a few weeks ago, Proctor was among the record 5.9 million Americans who have been jobless for at least six months. Now she belongs to a subset of that group: Out-of-work professionals and managers, engineers and teachers who have turned, in desperation, to holiday-season jobs as sales clerks.


"It's very scary out there right now," Pgan said. "You get 101 excuses why they can't hire you. You get into panic mode."


"They just want a job," Tatarian said. "They don't care what they're doing."
The trend illustrates the despair of unemployed people with professional backgrounds who face a pitiless job market, said John Lonski, chief economist of Moody's Capital Markets Research Group.


"Not only are there fewer positions, but more people are applying," Davis said.

With the last quote bringing us back to the 6.3 job hunters per job number.

**On other nuances-->

Who gets fired first, older or younger people?


Blogger Chris Bigelow said...

Hi, Lawrence.

Thanks for the citation!

I've been in job search since mid-February and can vouch for it being a "tight" market. That said, there are always job opportunities - - right now you just have to work *much* harder to find and win them.

Competition is fiercer than that "6.3 per" number would indicate: earlier this year I was one of five applicants interviewed out of 330+ resumes received. Went head-to-head with a former co-worker and he won - - glad one of us did.

Happy Holidays,

Chris Bigelow

1:45 PM  

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