Job Seekers Need New Avenues to Find Jobs

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What companies are still laying off workers and which companies, if any, are hiring? How does the United States compare with other countries in the world economy in terms of unemployment?

These are but a few of the questions economists are asking. The average laid-off or terminated worker may ask the questions a bit more personally: will it be easier or harder to find a new job in the next twelve months?

A late 1993 Time Magazine survey posed the latter question and determined that 29 percent of the respondents believed it would be easier while 54 percent believed it would be harder. Only 10 percent thought it would be the same.

This kind of survey measures a respondent's general confidence rather than the truths of the job marketplace. Bad news bred in the media may naturally deflate a person's optimism about job prospects. The article in which the survey appeared also answered the economists' question: the official U.S. unemployment rate is 6.8 percent which compares very favorably with Canada's 11.1 percent, Britain's 10.7 percent and around 11 percent for the European Community as a whole.

Perhaps Franklin Roosevelt's famous quote about having nothing to fear but fear itself is somewhat appropriate here. New jobs are being created in our U.S. economy; about 2 million new jobs per year.

A person who is willing to change and adapt will likely be able to find one of those new jobs. The methods of finding those new jobs are new as well. The standard avenues of applying for regular jobs are evolving with the competition and a job seeker must sometimes move into uncharted territory when pursuing one of the jobs in a whole new industry.

An earnest job seeker may first seek expert advice on the "brave new world" of finding these new jobs. …