Five million Americans are among the long-term unemployed–those without a job for 27 weeks or longer–according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another 7.3 million are looking for work, while the unemployment rate sits at 7.9 percent. Numbers aside, individual stories illustrate how America is affected. To see how joblessness hits home, Yahoo News asked unemployed workers to share their job-hunting stories. Here’s one.
FIRST PERSON | I recently read an article about a single mom who is going through a divorce and seeking work. I feel her pain — as a single mom, a woman and a person in a struggle in general. However, she said she sent out 28 resumes a week and her full-time job was looking for a full-time job. Really? Twenty-eight resumes a week?
I sent out 50 resumes daily, applied online via craigslist, backpage, indeed and company websites. I created a profile on Linkedin to add recruiters in agencies who will tell you directly when they are looking for people. I had a template cover letter, very generic, short and sweet, and a one-page resume with three jobs, at max, on it. I didn’t include any personal information as to how old I am, or when I graduated from high school.
I am 25, and I don’t want to be discriminated before someone even looks at my resume. And when I’ve applied to places where I knew I had more than enough experience, I sent a personal email saying straight up my qualifications with no resume. I don’t have a degree nor do I have a job history for more than a year; I have many different fields — from food, retail, medical and recently sales.
Your resume says a lot about you; if you keep it detailed enough to get the point yet short to keep attention and they want to interview you, you’ve succeeded. An interview should be aced; you’ve already sold yourself with the resume. They need you, want you, and you can’t be desperate or come off like you are.
I’ve caught myself unemployed many times, mostly at my own will. I’ve always wanted to be in a company where I can utilize my skills and grow, yet not get comfortable and perform the bare minimum. You need to believe what you email in your cover letters. Even with the most insecure, unqualified person, persistence becomes you. If you believe it, you can achieve it.
Maybe I’ve had better luck than others, here in central New Jersey where there will always be work, but I also won’t give up. If I’m not getting results with the way I do something, I expand, push harder and give it everything I have. There really is work out there; maybe not something in your field, something you’re comfortable with because it may require a different set of skills but I’ve learned as long as you are willing acquire every possible bit of knowledge of the company, you will glow.
As cliché as it all sounds, employers really do want happy, upbeat, positive, willing to learn people. So if you consider sending 28 resumes a week, that’s less than one resume an hour in a 40-hour work week.