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

I Want Answers!!!

One of the biggest challenges, being unemployed in this economy, is getting answers. Communication from employers is lacking. Sometimes I heard crickets after sending a resume or making an effort to contact a potential employer…even from people I knew and had interviewed with! Trying to deal with the Unemployment Office or using their website can be infuriating. Trying to find a job today has its share of hurdles but there is some help out there for you. The purpose of my blog is to share my experience and hopefully provide you with some answers and resources.

The U.S. central bank issued its so-called “Beige Book” report on Wednesday – an anecdotal assessment of the overall health of the country’s economy. The U.S. economy “expanded at a modest to moderate pace” from late November into December. Strong retail sales over the Christmas holiday helped. Demand for services also increased too. The problem, though, is that employers are still hesitant to hire new employees and the real estate market, typically slow during the winter, is sluggish. Thankfully the holidays are behind us and employers can focus on the future.

Local business leaders are optimistic and generally believe the Bay Area economy will grow in 2012 and the forecast for the Tampa Bay real estate market is for 7.5% growth, according to the Tampa Bay Times. But without a steady income you may need help to bridge the gap.

The of the government’s largest lenders, Freddie Mac, has announced that they’re again allowing their unemployed borrowers to extend the amount of time that their payments can be suspended or reduced anywhere from six to twelve months. Of course to qualify you likely have to be among the most credit-worthy!

Even though I’m employed again I’m struggling along with you to get back on my feet. By landing a job I feel like I won a battle but the war is still underway.

How will Tampa Bay’s economy fare in 2012? Better, say many

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/how-will-tampa-bays-economy-fare-in-2012-better-say-many/1209299

Help For Unemployed Homeowners

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anna-cuevas/freddie-mac-offers-extens_b_1200069.html

US Economy on Mend But Hiring Limited

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/economy-and-business/US-Economy-on-Mend-But-Hiring-Limited-137118493.html

Until next time…keep The Faith!

Corey Dylan

New Year, Clean Slate, NEW Blog!

That stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is especially hectic so this is the first chance I’ve had to write a new blog in weeks!  With the New Year comes renewed hope that our lives will improve and that employers will start hiring again!

Floridians have a particularly tough road ahead with the real estate market gasping for breath, politicians politicking, and too many still out of work.  This is why I didn’t wait around for a hand out.  In this economy you have to be bold and it’s my intention to keep up the push for more work in the coming year even though I’ve landed a full time job.

In a recent survey conducted by the Tampa Bay Times & Bay News 9, more than ½ of us in the Bay Area expect our economic situation to stay about the same.  Last month they called 508 Bay Area residents to ask them how they felt about their economic prospects and the general feeling I came away with after reading the article: we’re nervous.

See the article:  http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/article1208244.ece

I was nervous too when I was unemployed at the and of last year but I felt like I had nothing to lose by marketing myself and making as much noise as I could about being unemployed.  Ironically, I had everything to lose; house, car, rental, savings, etc.  I guess when you think losing everything is an option you’re motivated to do everything you can to keep it!  Today I am rebuilding: my career, my savings account, and working hard!

The poll also gave residents a number of what they called “remedies” to the situation and the most popular fox was spending tax dollars and financial incentives to bring more jobs to the Bay Area.  Chances are these won’t be the same jobs you may have worked in the past so it’s crucial to market yourself as someone who can get ANY job done.  Focus on the positive and your strengths.

Governor Scott campaigned for months on the slogan, “Let’s Get Back to Work!”  And he promised those jobs would come soon.  I didn’t have the luxury to wait to see if his plan worked or what it might mean.  Like most Floridians I needed work NOW.  I’ve never been the type that relied on someone else for much of anything.  In part, I got lucky, but it wasn’t without putting myself “out there,” in the right places in and in front of the right people.

I’m reminded of that Will Smith movie, “Happyness,” and I was inspired that when he desperately needed to make money he sought out someone who WAS making money and DID what that guy did.  Be relentless.

If you were put out of work in 2011 you have the chance to start a new job with a clean slate. It’s a great opportunity!  And in this economy “opportunity” is what you’re looking for rather than simply a “job.”  Employers are always conservative when predicting hiring needs but experts are optimistic that they WILL be doing more hiring in the coming year.  And I can say that I’m seeing more and more people that were on the sidelines with me get hired too so stay positive!

I recommend reading my past Blog entries and here are a couple articles that should help you as you continue or start your job search in 2012:

8 Job-related Smart Phone Apps

http://msn.careerbuilder.com/Article/MSN-2850-Job-Info-and-Trends-8-job-related-smartphone-apps/?SiteId=cbmsnhp42850&sc_extcmp=JS_2850_home1

Oddball Interview Questions from 2011

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2011/12/top-25-oddball-job-interview.html

 

Until next time keep the faith!

Corey Dylan

You’re fired. Merry Christmas!

This week’s news was the people that give us the news: The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com reported they were laying off 165 people.  I don’t know why companies lay off workers during the holidays but it hurts to see it, especially in our community that just keeps taking the hits in this Recession.  Among the laid off staffers was 35-year vet and Tribune Media Critic, Walt Belcher. Read more about Mr. Belcher: http://networkedblogs.com/rqCfN
I actually remember a time when people were fired only for “cause.”  These days everyone I know that’s lost their job has been “downsized” or “reduced” due to no fault of their own.  Big brother found someone or some way to do business cheaper and with the stroke of a key orders are given and people are left stunned with the news of their unemployment.  Unfortunately, it’s the world we live in right now and we just have to figure out a way to function in it.

Having very recently been on the unemployment line myself I can’t tell you it’s an easy process.  There are ups and downs and worries and small celebrations.  But what I can tell you is it’s a chance to breathe and reinvent yourself.  Take that moment to breathe and then GO FOR IT.  I kept this Blog during my search and it helped to keep me on track, share my story with those who were in the same situation, and move forward in the most positive way I knew how.  I hope you’ve found it an inspiration and a resource for information that can help you survive your unemployment and land your next job.  I know it meant a lot to me to hear from people that were in the same boat who eventually landed a job!

Perhaps some of my success is due to the fact that I was so vocal about my job loss and very transparent about it by posting the news publicly on all my Social Media profiles.
Today 89% of firms are using Social Media to find candidates, according to Jobvite.  The best time to finesse your  public profiles is before you need to look for that job but if you are looking you must make sure your resume is up to date and your profiles are searchable and visible to employers that may be looking for you.  If you’re not on LinkedIN yet, the site most companies are using to recruit, take the weekend to check it out and see what your competition is doing.  Include your job history since profiles with multiple jobs listed are 12 times more likely to be viewed than those with just one.  Make sure to add a great profile photo too because your click-through rate will increase 7 times!  And don’t forget to add keywords in your summary that are important in your industry so that you’ll come up in employer searches.  I looked to others in my industry to see what they were doing successfully and tried to measure up!
I don’t know how much I believe in “fate” but landing a job at WFLA was probably the best thing that could have happened to me personally and professionally.  AM Tampa Bay is definitely a step up in my career and a chance to do things I’ve never done before!  And with every job I’ve been terminated from I find there’s always something better on the other side of unemployment.  I’m sure there is for you too!  Surround yourself with cheerleaders because you’re going to need them.  Uncertainty isn’t easy and we’re living in hard times but the more quickly you make your new “job” finding your NEXT job you’re going to land it.  Best of luck!!!

Are you resisting CHANGE?

There’s an old saying, “As Florida goes, so goes the Nation.”  Well, right now Floridians are staring down the second highest foreclosure rate in the country (after California) and a stubborn “official” 10.7% unemployment rate.  Florida has said goodbye to more than 16,000 government workers in just the last year and that’s just one of our state’s biggest employers!  In the headlines this week we’ve learned hundreds of new jobs are coming to the Sunshine State and the Bay Area but they can’t come quickly enough.  Here’s more on when and where you’ll find these jobs that‘ll pay $50,000 to $120,000!:

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/hillsborough/time-warner-to-bring-500-jobs-to-bay-area-09202011

http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/article1192788.ece

Human beings naturally resist change.  It’s scary.  It’s uncomfortable.  Unfortunately we don’t have choice but to “go with the flow“ right now.  And something like a job loss almost certainly leads to major change.  It might be a lower paying job in your future.  It might be a job out of state.  It could be the inability to pay your mortgage because you can‘t find work.  You have a lot on your plate if you’re unemployed.  It’s taken me a couple of slow months just to get three interviews and I‘m hearing the same thing from my fellow job-seekers!  But even the friends I have who still have their jobs are struggling to pay their bills.  The days of having ONE source of income may be gone and that doesn’t seem “safe” to me anymore.

I’ve been asked in my job interviews “what is it that you want to do?”  Right now, I want to do it all: Radio, TV, Video, Writing, Marketing, and Social Media!  I’m willing to try new things and put my energy and abilities into a number of areas.  It’s exciting, really.  My next interview is about a week away and it’s with a company that is having an open casting call but asked me to come in before the open call for an interview and I‘m thrilled!  I’d be happy with one or ALL of these jobs.  I’m ready to GO so let’s see an offer!  Unfortunately, employers aren’t in as big of a hurry to hire as most of us are to work.

Accepting the fact that things have changed is the first step I’ve taken to understand that we all have to look at things differently and create a new plan.  That plan will probably include things you never thought you’d do or have to do.  And frankly, I don’t want to go back to the way things were.  Been there, done that.  Dwelling on the fact that things aren’t the way they used to be will hold us all back.  However, I’ve made a plan should the day come when I can’t pay the bills.  Stressing about it now won’t do me or anyone else any good.  The mantra that’s keeping me going right now: Accept Change.  Make a plan.  Move forward.  Oh, and Winston Churchill was smart guy who said, “Never, never, never, never give up.”

Keep the faith!

Corey Dylan