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TED CANOVA

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Let's Really Sit Together

Posted on 23 January, 2011 at 10:43

If you've been unemployed longer than you ever thought you would be, you're not alone. 43% of older unemployed workers have been without a job for more than a year.

America's economic recovery, based largely on consumer spending, cannot happen without them.

So as jobs become the rallying cry in President Obama's State of the Union address, it is important to note that job creation won't happen overnight and that jobless neighbors need help now. 

The unemployed don't care where leaders sit at the State of Union address. This Congressional Sadie Hawkins dance, with Democrats and Republicans deciding to sit together and not apart, is a mere publicity stunt. 

What unemployed people need has nothing to do with sitting. It has to do with their standing. And I'm not convinced we'll see any government agreement on creating enough jobs to help the majority of those in desperate need.

So if you're among the millions of long-term unemployed, what can you do to help yourself? Guests on JobTalkAmerica have offered specifics.

  1. Look In The Mirror: drill down to identify your inner career strengths
  2. Get Lost: identify jobs and careers that you 'get lost' in, the ones where time flies and you feel joy and fulfillment
  3. Re-design Your Resume: be sure to make the top third sing; below each job, list bullets of your 'challenges, actions and results' (CAR)
  4. Shake Up Your Network: this year, stop attending mixers with people like yourself- solicit help from new groups spanning a variety of ages
  5. Be Confident: you have self-worth, even if you've been jobless for over a year

I like to say that the seeds we planted in 2010 either haven't sprouted yet or have not worked. 2011 is the year to do it differently. Volunteer. Make yourself seen. Hire a career coach or resume expert. Mix it up.

Our goal is to plant new seeds...in new soils...to get new results. Let's be excited as we watch the potential root and our careers bloom. No matter where you sit...or stand on an issue.

January 23, 2011

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