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Job Hunting Tips

I started hunting for a job as an electronic technician back in the last week of August 2015. Since then I've learned a lot about resume creation and about job hunting.

Businesses are very skeptical about any job hunter who has been unemployed for years. Some job ads even state that they will only consider those applicants who have been steadily employed. One company that was pooling workers actually discarded my resume.

In other words, I have hit a dead end in my job search regardless of the type of job I searched for because I have not been employed since 2009. But I have not given up.

What I have included everything I've done at home related to the job I am hunting. This includes articles I've published, forums I've joined, online lectures I've listened to, and books I've been studying. All these have been listed under the title "Portfolio." For example, I've listed a 35 hour long series of lectures on electronics and I've listed a series of lectures on communication skills which includes more than five lectures on job interviews. Your profile should include all skills you have that the job description describes as a requirement.

If you have been unemployed for a year of more, the search for a job can be an uphill battle. You have to sell yourself in your resume with reasons why a company should hire you. And the reasons should be tailored to the job you are applying for. In fact, the whole resume should be tailored to the job you are applying for. But don't omit any jobs you've held. Just expand on the jobs you've had that were similar to the job you are applying for. All other job descriptions that were not similar to the job you are applying for should be concise and brief.

I hope this helps those who are having difficulties finding a job.

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MegL wrote on April 23, 2016, 11:21 AM

Good luck in finding a job. Did you ever consider self employment?

lookatdesktop wrote on April 23, 2016, 8:07 PM

Your article is well written. Your optimism is contagious and more than that it will help encourage others who have themselves been out of work over a year or even longer. My step son is a master electrician for example, and he hires people who have skills, not people who were recently out of work. There are lots of people who are working at their homes, writers, artists, musicians and scholars. Some retired people may one day want to get a job just to get out and have something to do with their time and make a little money.