There is finally good news to report on the unemployment front for those seeking work in the San Diego area. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 month by month unemployment figures for the region are decreasing, going from a rate of 7.0% in January to 5.8 % for May. (http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.ca_sandiego_msa.htm)
OK, it’s true that some of these numbers may be revised later on, and some may be skewed by people falling off the unemployment rolls because they have run out of eligibility. But, even if they are off a bit, the trend is encouraging.
Why? Because employers see it, and for those needing to hire additional workforce but who have been hesitating because they just weren’t sure now was the time? This is the type of nudge that gets many of those off the fence; and if they hire people, their neighbor or their competitors see that, and they hire people. Basically, the trend self-perpetuates.
Countering this is the fact that some of you don’t trust the government’s numbers, and say this is all political manipulation. You say that the numbers lie, that you have yet to see an uptick in hiring that has helped you or anyone else unemployed that you may know get a job. I won’t argue against that, because it is certainly possible in this day and age where everybody tends to “spin” everything to match their own agenda.
But ask yourself this: do you want to gamble on that? I know that there are a lot of people with years of unemployment or underemployment who have given up hope, and can’t or don’t want to dredge up the effort required to try yet again because they’re tired of the constant rejection. That’s very understandable, but it is also very self-defeating. No one is going to hire you if they don’t know you’re there.
So, take a chance. One more time, look at your resume and see if you can find ways to improve it. Reach out to your professional contacts, maybe have lunch with some of them if your budget allows. Go to professional mixers where you can run elbows with people who just might know of that new job opening up. If yours is a profession where these types of things are less practical or unavailable, then comb the job boards, go to hiring events, and search on line for opportunities at companies that interest you.
Yes, a lot of those approaches are wastes of time during a down economy. But if these improving unemployment numbers spur a tick in hiring, that would no longer be the case. And if that is true, there is going to be a stampede of people coming out of the woodwork looking to get hired. Best that you are at the front of the herd, no?
Still not sold? OK, then look at it this way: all you have to lose by trying is time. And time is one thing you have plenty of, so go ahead and spend some of it!