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Job search requires change in tactics

Many of today’s unemployed are staying that way longer because they’re competing for jobs with yesterday’s job-search skills and techniques, career experts say.

The economic collapse that has officially left 10 percent of the nation unemployed has turned into a buyer’s market as companies begin to hire back the workforce. That means tighter resume screenings and more stringent interviews are the norm.

But more and more Americans remain unemployed – and millions more simply give up looking – because they have not adapted to the tougher job market, career coaches say.

“Companies are indeed hiring, but the burden is now on the candidates,” said Vicki Brackett, founder and president of Make It Happen Consulting, a Denver firm that does job-search makeovers.

“Many phones are not ringing because people are simply looking in the wrong place,” she said. “What worked before isn’t working now.”

Before, on average, women remained unemployed for three to five months, said Brackett, who also owns Make It Happen for Women.

“Now they’ve been there for a year, men included,” she said. “And 80 percent of the men are unemployed for more than a year, even those with terrific backgrounds and some of them finalists for six or eight jobs.”

And the reason isn’t money. The successful candidate is the one who builds value, with a strategy on the hiring company. Fewer than 10 percent of all jobs are gotten via job boards, yet better than 80 percent of job seekers focus their efforts there, studies show.

“And fewer than 2 percent of professional jobs come from there,” Brackett said.

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