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Posted in Personal Development by elephanthunters on December 1, 2009

Your suit and tie don’t cut it anymore

It’s no secret that there are more people around these days who have been unemployed for a while, but I feel like I’m hearing this phrase too often:

“I sent in my resume, but I still haven’t heard anything back from them yet.”

In real estate, when there are more houses than buyers we call it a buyers market.  When there are more job candidates than jobs, it’s an employers market.  Employers have enough resumes right now to bind their own phone books.  Just sending in a resume and hoping for your phone to ring isn’t going to cut it right now (and probably never will again).

Do something different

If you know someone who is unemployed, I would encourage them to do everything Seth Godin suggests in his post about unemployment.  If you are unemployed and you haven’t done this stuff yet, what exactly ARE you doing with your time?

A good friend of mine is still on the hunt for his dream job, but he is working diligently with an incredibly positive attitude.  Recently he told me about some of the books he’s reading and how he just finished taking the Strengths Finder test so he can better talk about the value he will offer a potential employer.  My friend has even taken up a few part time hourly positions that I’m sure have challenged his pride somewhat.  He’s the kind of guy I want on my team though.  I have a lot more respect for him than someone who is waiting for the perfect job to fall in their lap, all the while making excuses about how tough it is out there.

If you were hiring right now, what other activities would you appreciate seeing an applicant doing while they are on the hunt?