Archive for the ‘The Job Search’ Category

New Update in My Story

I’ve posted a new update to My Story. Bottom line: lots of activity, but still no job on the horizon.

It also explains why I haven’t posted much in the last month, even though a lot has been going on. But I have done two more interviews – one, about Sarah, is published on a new page; the other should be published this week – and should be back to a more regular posting schedule once my photo class has ended the first week of August.

Meanwhile, feel free to write a comment or to Tell Your Story.


New Story: Sarah: Temp to Perm?

Office Pro magazine logoIn normal times, Sarah would have no trouble landing a temp job that often turned into a permanent position. But these are anything but normal times. Read Sarah’s story.

Update: Louis G. Landed a Good Job!

celebrate imageJust as we had fervently hoped, that happy day has arrived: Louis G. did receive and accept an offer from the manufacturing firm and starts his new job in early July. Read the update.

New Story: Serena: For Want of a Degree . . .

image of blackberry smart phoneAfter 22 years as a successful contract manager, often working 24/7, Serena has had plenty of interviews but no job offers since losing her position 10 months ago. Although she has a supportive, employed husband, health insurance, and other resources, it’s the “no job offers” that she struggles with the most. “What I find most challenging is that I’m not even given the opportunity to fight for a job.” As with previous stories, you can always get there from the More Stories tab up top, or in the Pages section on the right.

Work It Up: A New Model for Job Groups?

Work It Up logoInitiated in May 2009 by a group of unemployed project managers who met a the Portland, Maine, Career Center’s Unemployed Professionals Group, Work It Up is a nonprofit organization designed to address the “two halves of the broken economy”: unemployed professionals like themselves, and underfunded small businesses, nonprofits, and self-employed individuals.

It does so by matching the skills of unemployed professionals – sometimes after basic training in project management – with the needs of small organizations in the community. The team does an assessment, the client chooses a short-term project, which the team completes. The client merely pays an administrative fee to cover those costs; the professional’s services are free, much like an unpaid internship.

And like an internship, the unemployed worker’s benefits include being productive, having a recent accomplishment to highlight in a resume or an interview, and adding a new reference.

Another approach Work It Up has taken is offering its professional members’ services as a “trial period” to small business that are growing. When the businesses are ready to hire, these workers are more likely to make it to their short lists. Even with no opening, the professionals have new networking connections with executives and hiring managers at the business.

It’s a win-win model, so much so that one of the co-founders has committed to Work It Up full-time. Now that it has formal nonprofit status, it can accept donations and grants, which it will need to move from all-volunteer staff to full-time paid staff for the long term.

Need I say that many participants have gotten jobs? Internships work. The proof is in the results.

Web Project – and Local TV Coverage – Helps Portland Grandfather Find a Job

The Web project Over 50 and Out of Work has traveled across the country interviewing older unemployed workers for its video project, this month reaching its goal of 100 video stories.

One of those stories was about Rudy Limas, a single grandfather raising his two young grandchildren on his own. A 30-year veteran truck driver, he assumed he would land another job quickly. That was in 2009.

But when Over 50 and Out of Work interviewed Rudy in his home town of Portland, Oregon, the local news station, KATU, included him in its own story on unemployment. From that news coverage, four employers called with job offers. As this KATU video reports, he chose to train as a machine operator at Plastic Metals Technologies in nearby Tigard, Oregon. The owner said he hired Rudy for his experience and reliability, something he found missing in many younger new workers.

Time Magazine’s Recession Stories

Emily McMillan, unemployed worker

Emily McMillan / Photo by Zach Wolfe for Time

Time Magazine has a special report online called Out of Work in America, which profiles 16 jobless workers and how they’re coping with the prospect of long-term unemployment. Emily McMillan (left) has been out of work since August 2010 and is now pregnant. Luckily, her husband still has a good job, but his income alone is not enough to invest in a new house. (Note: The special report is undated, but clues indicate it was published in fall 2010.)

In a separate story, published May 23, Time reports on a growing trend of discrimination against the unemployed, quoting a Sony Eriksson online job posting that said, “No unemployed candidates will be considered at all.” The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission is investigating this trend, and few employers have been so blatant, but so far, the practice is not illegal.