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Get Back To Work

Updated on June 24, 2017

From The Beginning

Ok, you were pulled into your supervisor's office for a "meeting". You don't know what is going on. All you know is that you have to attend a meeting with your supervisor at three o'clock on a Friday afternoon. The office is quiet. It's so quiet you can hear only fingers typing on the keyboard and whispers in the background. You walk into your boss's office. He/she states your job performance has been down or accuse you of not being a team player. You try to refute the allegations but it has already been documented and you see there is no retraction of your performance. Once your boss made his/her mind up, there is no changing it and you find yourself leaving out the office with your personal belongings.

You think to yourself "I can't believe this happened to me." What is the next step? Where do you go from here? It's been eight years since you've looked for a job. According to The Balance, the average person changes jobs ten to fifteen times over a span of their career. But is this normal? Why do so many people change their jobs?

It's difficult to say. No matter what the reason is, a person who finds themselves out of work must look for: (A) a new career, or (B) a job similar to the last position held.

It's not as easy as it sounds. Whether it's an entry-level job or a mid-level or executive position, it will be difficult to get the same job again. We all have tried but it's very difficult to "get back on the horse".

With a rapidly evolving workforce, how do you compete with not only your peers but compete with a different generation of people from a different country. As a United States citizen, we must remember that most companies have become global so the search for an employee has been fierce. Remember the good ol' days of search through job ads in the local newspaper? Now, job searching consists of applying for a job on the internet and attending a networking opportunity to follow up. If you have connections within the "hidden job market", then you are closer to finding a job than most.

I Have Been Looking For A Job, Now What

It has been said that the Federal unemployment rate is at 4.8 percent. However, has anyone explored the actual numbers of those who are actively seeking employment? What you may not have known was the Federal unemployment rate only reports on those who apply/file for unemployment benefits. The real number has not been revealed.

When a person files for unemployment compensation, it is a very disheartening fact that sometime you must wait until your claim gets passed through the system of sources for approval. Most of the time the request for unemployment compensation goes through. But every now and then the request gets rejected due to ineligibility reasons deemed by the state. Reasons include:

  • Quitting Voluntarily
  • Company Rule Violations
  • Damage To Company Property
  • Self-Employment
  • Absenteeism or Tardiness to Work

When applying for unemployment, remember to be objective. Do not explain when you are still at an emotional state trying to make sense of what happened. Be sure to state the facts and do so in a timely manner. The longer you wait, the longer it will take to process your claim and the chances of receiving unemployment will become slim. Make sure you tell your family and friends that you are out of work and ask if they know of any openings any where. This is the first step to accessing the hidden job market.

Discovering Employment

If you find yourself searching for employment whether full-time or part-time, please remember to stay encouraged during this time in your life. Remember to do a lot of networking and it may take all your energy to devote to job searching. Start with employment job clubs and job fairs. They provide a wealth of information about the companies you are considering to work for. You may have to spend at least 40/week searching and making connections with people but in the end, you will feel it was a rewarding experience. The end result will be your job!

Job Search Researches

If you do not know where to start searching for a job, the below links are the most popular.

If you need assistance with accessing these websites, visit your local library or ask a friend. You will be glad you did.

Unemployment Rate

Do You Believe The Unemployment Rate Is Decreasing?

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Unemployment rate for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is 4.7% comparable to Pennsylvania state's unemployment at 5.6%
Unemployment rate for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is 4.7% comparable to Pennsylvania state's unemployment at 5.6%

Discovering Employment

Have You Ever Been Terminated From A Job or Involuntarily Left A Job?

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