How Do You Land A Job In A Dried-Up Market?

Lunchtime Live - Career Reinvention

What do you do when your work suddenly dries up? Like millions of Americans, Gail Belsky found herself in this dilemma as her industry suddenly collapsed. "A lot of the people I used to know suddenly aren't [working] anymore," says Belsky, a writer, editor and author.

At 51, Belsky wasn't ready financially or psychologically to retire, so she began a quest to reinvent herself professionally, an experience she has been chronicling in her weekly blog for AOL Jobs. Belsky has been met with several career experts, from a social media guru to a coach who specializes in "3-minute makeovers."

On Friday, she appeared on AOL Jobs' Lunchtime Live to discuss what epiphanies she's had about changing careers -- and what she's learned that might benefit the rest of us. Does she think it's a mistake to have stayed home with her kids for 10 years, as she did? Does she think she's been too picky in her job search?

Watch the full interview here:

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Madhubasha De Silva

A timely article and I agree with all that is said in the article and the interview.
I would like to go further and encourage the job seekers who have suddenly lost jobs to encourage them in building a profile to get you a job again. There are difficulties in getting to a job as you grow older. The first reason behind this is that a Company needs younger people. I would like to share some helpful job hunting tips for the older and for the younger now grow older.
There are some vacancies that specifically require older and more mature people to join them. One of the key reasons to recruit an older person is to get their experience to train the younger people.
How do we get our selves noticed in a crowded competitive job market?
To be successful in careers one need to create a strong brand presence and market one’s own personal brand. This does not need money but needs a commitment. In a competitive career advancing environment all have to stand out in a crowded organization. There is also the cutting edge for those willing to learn and improve further.
A job seeker markets achievements, technical skills and capabilities and seek better employment opportunities.
Madhu De Silva - Career Guidance Specialist

June 27 2013 at 3:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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