Are you being ignored by employers?

I’ve been told as long as I’ve been in radio that it’s easier to find a new job while you’re still working.  Why don’t employers look to available talent when looking to fill a job?  In response to my Blogs I’ve seen comments like “As a business owner it is very difficult to find good help or even decent applicants!” and “While there are some very talented Floridians out of work, there are many perpetually unemployed for good reasons.”

Others have argued that employers aren‘t “paying enough to attract them. Most that have done well in their career, have a safety net or are working freelance to find another job worthy of their skill level. He’s trying to find diamonds at the lime pit.  That’s why he doesn’t find what he is looking for, I must get 5 awesome resumes a day.”

Whatever the individual reason, most of what I’ve seen is proactive job seekers willing to work and trying to land any type of paycheck to survive.  As it stands now, companies that are rejecting candidates simply because they’ve been out of work for a year or more are not breaking the law.  But with job ads touting that a candidate “must be currently employed” in order to be considered for a job the legality of banning the unemployed will be tested.  The Miami Herald is reporting that there is a movement underway to ban discrimination against the jobless.  In Florida, Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich has introduced a bill that would ban businesses from discriminating against the unemployed.  Last April the state of New Jersey passed a similar ban on companies that were discriminating against the unemployed.  President Obama wants to make discrimination against the long-term unemployed illegal on a Federal level.  But for now, ignoring candidates simply because they’re unemployed is still happening.  As of December there were still over 900,000 people in Florida out of work.

Our Governor, Rick Scott, ran on a campaign platform of “Let’s Get To Work” and he promised 700,000 jobs.  In a January accounting of Scott’s campaign promise, The Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact finds that he still has a lot of work to do.  At first Scott promised a certain number of jobs would come from a few specific targets.  Now, according to PolitiFact, Scott is looking to create jobs from any and all sources.  So far each month he has added jobs for total of about 100,000 new jobs to the state.

I was out of work for exactly six months.  I know how difficult it can be, day after day, sending out resumes and getting ZERO response.  What I learned from the experience was that you can’t rely on anyone else.  You have to create opportunity for yourself by networking and being open to whatever comes your way.  I ended up in a place I didn’t target, exactly, but it turned out to be the best move for my career and an amazing opportunity.  There is hope.  There is a job out there for you but YOU have to get out there by whatever means possible and find it.  Be open to opportunity and it may just find you.

Keep the Faith!
Corey Dylan

Movement to ban jobless discrimination gaining steam
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/21/2653472/push-to-ban-jobless-bias-gains.html

PolitiFact Florida: Rick Scott jobs promise strays from campaign rhetoric
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/politifact-florida-rick-scott-jobs-promise-strays-from-campaign-rhetoric/1209507

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Florida is the WORST place to lose a job!

The latest Census data reveals that Florida has the highest rate of long-term unemployment in the Nation.  More than half of unemployed Floridians were on the sidelines at least six months last year.  I was fired on July 1st and started working again on December 1st – exactly six months – and I busted my tail every single day to land this job.  We can blame the housing market or the oil spill but the reasons aren’t quickly fixed and the situation is CODE RED for many.

There are more than 900,000 unemployed in the Sunshine State and four applicants for every single available job.  While the debate rages on about the “real” unemployment numbers we do know that 130,000 jobs were created last year.  Employers are still slow to open up jobs, and when they do, the salary being offered is often less – an average of 25% less – than the applicant was last making.  Most of these “new” jobs are in low-wage and hourly-wage occupations: retail, restaurants, and theme parks.  But some higher paying jobs are starting to open up again.

Healthcare continues to be an industry seeing growth.  Tourists are flocking back to Florida.  However, Government and Information are industries that continue to lose jobs that pay an average of $40,000.  But Construction is bouncing back and we ended 2011 with a net gain of jobs.  If you’re in an industry that’s losing jobs I feel your pain.  I know people in the media biz that have been told to give up and find a new career!

I tell you this not to discourage you but to lay out the facts and steel you for the fight.  Focus on your skills, not your past, because those skills can be applied in many different fields.  If you’re beating your head against a wall sending out those resumes only to get NO response remember that WHO you know is going to help you faster than any nameless, faceless job search engine or website.  Networking has never been more important.  I would NEVER have landed a job as soon as I did without colleagues and friends.  You may think you know who your friends are, but I promise you, you WILL KNOW who they are when they help you land your next job and paycheck.

Keep the Faith!

Corey Dylan

Worst Place To Lose Your Job: Florida

http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/235504/250/Worst-place-to-lose-your-job-Florida

Florida Still Losing Ground In Wages Despite Uptick In Jobs

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/workinglife/florida-still-losing-ground-in-wages-despite-uptick-in-jobs/1214142

Unemployment Insurance Maximum Duration Dropping To 79 Weeks

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/06/unemployment-insurance-jobless-benefits_n_1257731.html

I start my NEW JOB tomorrow!

It is with excitement and awe that I tell you that I’ve accepted an offer from Clear Channel Radio to work here in Tampa at 970 WFLA AM every weekday morning on “AM Tampa Bay” from 5am until 9am. With the state of radio on shaky ground, I can tell you News/Talk radio is the perfect place for me to start the next phase of my broadcasting career. I will be sitting third chair to two men whose broadcasting careers are the stuff of legend in this business!

Jack Harris has been dominating the Tampa Bay airwaves for decades. Jack has worked the mic for The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Tampa Bay Storm, The Outback Bowl, and WLFA for years. At one point Jack’s career took him to Washington D.C. where he worked along side Willard Scott! He’s an American Vet and a really smart man! I plan to have a dictionary handy when Jack throws out the big words. 😉

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Harris_(broadcaster)

Tedd Webb bleeds everything that Tampa Bay is. Born and raised in Cigar City, Tedd has been worked as a DJ, Sportscaster, and Talk Show Host during his decades in radio and even worked along side the legendary Scott Shannon and Cleveland Wheeler at the famous “Q Morning Zoo.” Tedd is a quick wit, a survivor and a fighter, in the nicest sense of the word.

http://www.teddwebb.com/about/index.html

Both Jack and Tedd are award-winning broadcasters and I expect to learn a lot, and laugh a lot, working with them. Our chemistry seems effortless and I have so much respect for the men they are and the work they do at WFLA. In addition to Jack and Tedd, I’ll be working with Producer Ethan Youker and Program Director Steve Versnick. This is a dream team, as far as I’m concerned!

So what am I doing there? Little known fact: I have a degree in Broadcast Journalism and I bring more than 15 years broadcast experience to the table from TV & Radio News Rooms and broadcast studios – the last 9 years of which I’ve spent in Tampa. “AM Tampa Bay” is committed to the issues the residents of Tampa Bay face on a daily basis and will continue to bring you the information you need to make informed decisions in your community and in your life. Your concerns, your family, and your health and happiness are issues we want to talk about.

I’m humbled by the support I’ve received from so many on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIN and I want you to know how much I appreciate it!!! I hope you’ll join us weekday mornings on 970 WFLA AM from 5am until 9am. Here are the numbers to call us LIVE:

Hillsborough: 813-990-9352
Pinellas: 727-461-9352
Toll-Free: 800-969-9352

You can listen LIVE every day here: http://www.iheart.com/#/live/2823/?autoplay=true

And I hope you’ll follow us on Facebook so that we can get to know YOU: https://www.facebook.com/#!/AMTampaBay

As a side note, I wanted to let those of you that still need the inspiration and resources I’ve shared in my weekly Blog that I will continue to write for you! TheUPsidetoUnemployment lives on until you don’t need it anymore!
Keep the Faith and tune in tomorrow morning for my first day on “AM Tampa Bay” on 970 WFLA AM!!!

Corey Dylan