It is the New Year 2015 and many of us are making New Year’s resolutions while taking bets on how long it will take to break them. Most of those resolutions will go by the wayside long before the year is very old but some are crucial enough that sticking to your commitment will be a true turning point for 2015. One I want to focus attention to is that all important job search. Six years after one of the deepest recessions in our country since the 1930’s, we are seeing many signs of not only recovery in business licenses issued and sales tax revenue but home sales and unemployment rates have been moving in the right direction. Jobs are being added and we are finding some industries having a hard time finding qualified, skilled employees to fit their needs. But there are still people out there searching for that right “position” and sometimes the road can be challenging.
A brief review of the website for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development provided this helpful and hopeful information. The unemployment rates the United States stand at 5.8 percent while Tennessee is slightly higher at 6.8 percent Sumner County is much lower than either average at 4.9 percent. This site www.jobs4TN.gov/ has lots of interesting information including the hot jobs and salary ranges for the next five years and a breakdown by county and city of the jobs and salaries currently in place. The good news is unemployment for Sumner County and Hendersonville in particular is trending down. The not so good news is it still takes diligence and networking to find the “right job” from the perspective of the potential employee and the “right person” for the job from the perspective of the employer looking to hire. Matching those two groups takes effort. This is where the New Year’s resolution comes in, to consider your job search as your current employment until the one with a paycheck comes along.
Tips for Effective Job Search:
First Impressions- Look your best and always act professionally to make a terrific impression.
Follow-Up- Don’t be afraid to follow up. It is a good idea to maintain regular contact with an employer after you submit your resume. Touch base every month or so by phone or even stop by even if it is just to say hello. This is a great way to be remembered when a position opens up.
Interviewing- Be on time for the interview. In fact, it is a good idea to be five or ten minutes early. That will give you time to get acquainted with the person at the front desk who can become your best friend and to get tips for conversation from the information hanging on the walls about the company.
Meaningful Work- Explore your passion and look for work that engages the things you like to do. Attend job fairs to find out what jobs are out there and how you fit into the marketplace.
Say Thank You- Try to send your thank you note within 24-48 hours of your interview or meeting.
Stay on Top of the News- Be aware of the latest business news, read local business journals and the business section of the newspapers to give you a sense of employers that are “hot” as well as get valuable contact information.
Your Resume- Write it until it is right.
Don’t Give Up- Job searching is never easy but it is your job until you land the one that comes with a paycheck. Keepplugging away and eventually the right position will come along.
Local resources abound including job postings on the VSCC website, work in Gallatin, Nashville Business Journal, The Hendersonville Star News, Hendersonville Standard and one on one support through the Career Transition Group and Workforce Essentials. Links to these sites and an expanded version of the Ten Tips are found on our site www.hendersonvillechamber.com when you click on Area Information and Employment Opportunities. Good luck in your search and our best wishes to each of you for a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!