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Yesterday at the Saturday night Mass at St. Matthias in Somerset, Deacon John preached on the topic of seeing. What do you look for, he asked. What do you see?

On LinkedIn, an HR professional asked, Why did Rand Paul say that the long-term unemployed have more trouble finding work than the short-term unemployed?

It may come down to seeing.

The long-term unemployed may be seen (i.e., perceived) as unemployable.

Employers may look at them, if they look at all, as "stale goods" no longer sharp or current in their field.

This is why job search/career transition coaches like myself encourage job hunters who have been out of work a long time to stay abreast of happenings in their field. Go to classes. Stay current via professional meetings and readings. Do part-time work relevant to their field. Even do "give away" work if it helps you stay sharp and connect with others in your field.

The workers themselves may begin to see themselves as unemployable. The longer the search stretches on, the harder it is to stay positive, hopeful, energized.

This is why I wrote my first book, To Your Success, as a motivational guide for job hunters and career changers. While it contains lots of practical tips, I put the emphasis on motivation and inspiration. And I kept it short.

I did not hear Rand Paul's remarks. I wonder if it was in the context of the fight going on in Washington D.C. over the budget and whether to include an extension of the benefits for 4.1 million Americans who are about to lose their unemployment.

I pray that our lawmakers will appreciate the struggle that so many workers and their families still have when it comes to finding meaningful work.

And that they will do the right thing.

Note: Here is the link to my book To Your Success. Please pass this on to anyone you know that could use it. Maybe give it as a Christmas present?

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Sunday December 15, 2013

Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at and via his website:



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