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Out of Order: Discouraged Workers and Hope

September 18, 2018
Are you a discouraged worker?
CommunityOut of Order: Discouraged Workers and Hope

As stated in a previous article, the unemployment rate has dropped down to 3.9%, the lowest it’s been in over 18 years. Contrary to the way this sounds, it is not good.

The unemployment rate takes into consideration the number of people looking for jobs as a whole. This statistic is reflecting that there are many people who have dropped out of the job market altogether. This can be due to a variety of reasons: retirement, those who had to leave their job and can not work due to a disability, or people who have given up looking completely.

That last reason is as valid as it is baffling.

More than 70% of the labor force is considered “unemployed” (we’ll expand on this in a moment), and most of these candidates are what is considered as prime candidates: men and women between the ages of 22 and 45, who have no health complications keeping them out of work.

These “unemployed” workers are those who are either subsisting off of another person, such as a family member or significant other, off of government aid (welfare, unemployment, etc) or are working independent jobs, such as caring for others or providing smaller services (i.e. Etsy or Uber).

These prime candidates have been labeled discouraged workers.

Discouraged workers are defined as people who are unemployed (potentially employable) but are activley not looking for jobs because they believe no jobs are available, or that they do not posess the necessary qualifications.

So what can we do to re-encourage these workers who have just given up? We have a couple of tips from professional staffing recruiters to help get a foot back in the door.

  • Keep the right attitude

It can be hard when you’re feeling discouraged, but your attitude can either open doors, or build a wall. Remember, how you say something is just as important as what you say. Employers and recruiters will always go the extra mile for someone they have a pleasant experience with, so even if you don’t always feel happy, try to at least be courteous.

  • Update your resume

Make sure your resume is up to date and formatted appropriately. If you need some help, ask a friend to review it and give you notes. Resume building websites help as well. You can try Perdue or Resume Help. You can also meet with a recruiter for free and have a professional review and help revise your resume, too.

  • Working is better than not working

At first, you have to be willing to compromise. Maybe it isn’t the dream job you’ve always wanted, or maybe it’s not exactly the pay rate you had hoped for. What is important is that you keep working to build your experience. Remember, you can’t always start at the top, but you can always work your way up to where you want to be.

  • Experience is everything

In addition to staying active in the job field, your experience is very important. If you have the chance to get a job working in an office (even if it may not be the office you hoped for) leap at it. Most companies want to hire someone who has experience working in a professional environment that mimics their own, even if the two companies may not be related by the products and services each offers.

If you find yourself to be a discouraged worker, try a staffing firm. They are a free resource that helps place candidates in offices and fields to help them not only gain experience, but to find a career that they love. For more information about our company, visit us here. We can help get you started on your career.