3 Reasons Job Seekers Will Have to 'Hit the Gym’ in 2010

Last week, we asked CAREEREALISM readers how long it’s going to take to find a job in 2010. The majority of you (45%) said you expect it to take 3-5 months to find work. But honestly, current economic indicators suggest it will be even longer. With six job seekers to every job opening and unemployment expected to hover near 10% for most of 2010, the harsh reality is only the truly committed job seekers will find work. Similar to losing weight, job search will be tried by many, but achieved by few. Here’s why... Job seekers deal with many of the same challenges dieter’s do. There’s a reason 95% of people trying to lose weight don’t reach their goal - they are lacking one or more vital elements to success. The same applies for job seekers. While paved with good intentions, most job seekers don’t have what they really need to complete a successful job search. 3 Elements for Success Whether we are trying to lose weight or find a job, it all boils down to environment. Specifically, an environment that provides three things:
  • Inspiration
  • Education
  • Connection
When we have the above, our ability to succeed improves significantly. And, one of the best ways to gain access to these vital elements is to join a club. Whether Dieting or Job Seeking, NOBODY Should Go it Alone! Let’s look at health club benefits. We join because we recognize we need to be motivated to workout. Additionally, we know we’re not experts in exercise and want to take advantage of the expertise of fitness instructors and personal trainers on staff. Finally, (and most importantly), we hit the club so we can connect with other people looking to lose weight, which helps make the process feel less isolated and difficult. To sum it up: Joining a club offers multiple benefits we wouldn't be able to access on our own. PREDICTION: Smart Job Seekers Will Seek Out and Join ‘Career Clubs’ in 2010! For the same reason dieters join health clubs, job seekers who want to find work in 2010 will be wise to join career clubs that can provide the daily inspiration, education and connection needed to keep a job search moving forward. Examples of these clubs Include: Simply put, leveraging career clubs helps job seekers stay committed to their goals. P.S. For Those Who Really Want to Ensure Success – Consider This... Job seekers who want to put their search in high-gear (Think ‘The Biggest Loser’ approach), will seek out new tools and resources to help them get up-to-speed faster. One example is this FREE webinar we did awhile back, entitled, “6 Things Every Job Seeker Must MASTER to Get Hired in 2010.” In this hour-long session, job seekers will learn the strategic and tactical elements of job search that need to be leveraged for success.

In this week's episode of Well This Happened, we discussed Rich's tough situation.

Rich left his job to take care of a sick family member. Now, 2 years later, Rich is trying to re-enter the work force. However, he's finding it difficult to explain that 2 year gap in his work history during interviews. We asked you how you would answer this question, did you guess correctly? Find out if you won here!

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