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Job Search: Persistence Is Key


ROB MCCLENDON: LET’S TALK
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, IF WE
CAN, SWITCHING OVER FROM THE EMPLOYER TO THE
EMPLOYEE. WHAT’S YOUR BEST
ADVICE THERE? ANDY: WELL THE BIG THING
IS, IS NOT ALL DEGREES
ARE CREATED EQUAL. AND JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE
ANY OLD DIPLOMA DOESN’T
NECESSARILY GUARANTEE YOU A GREAT JOB; HAVING SAID
THAT, ONCE YOU HAVE THOSE
SKILLS IN HAND, YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER TO KEEP
THE FAITH WHILE
LOOKING FOR WORK. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. ANDY BARTH: IN TODAY’S
COMPETITIVE BUSINESS
CLIMATE, EVEN GETTING AN INTERVIEW CAN BE HARD. ERIC GILPIN IS THE
PRESIDENT OF
CAREERBUILDER’S STAFFING AND RECRUITING GROUP, AND
SAYS BOTH HARD AND SOFT
SKILLS MAKE YOU MORE OF AN APPEALING JOB APPLICANT. ERIC GILPIN: IF YOU HAVE A
GOOD ATTITUDE AND YOU HAVE
A GOOD WORK ETHIC, YOU KNOW IT’S KIND OF
THE AMERICAN DREAM,
YOU’LL FIGURE IT OUT. BUT I THINK THAT WHY
WOULDN’T YOU KIND OF
ELEVATE YOUR OPPORTUNITIES AND HAVE SOME SKILLS THAT
EMPLOYERS ARE GOING TO
HAVE IN DEMAND FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE? ANDY: BUT EVEN WITH THE
BEST SKILL SETS, LOOKING
FOR WORK IS HARD AND OFTEN FRUSTRATING. JONATHAN THOM WITH EXPRESS
PERSONNEL SAYS PERSISTENCE
IS OFTEN THE KEY. JONATHAN THOM: YOU HAVE
TO REMAIN OPTIMISTIC. YOU KNOW AS YOU THINK
ABOUT THE JOB SEARCH, IT
CAN BE DEMORALIZING TO GO OUT AND SEND RESUMES AND
NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE. OR YOU FINALLY HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW
AND THAT INTERVIEW DOESN’T MOVE FORWARD. SO YOU SIMPLY HAVE TO
CONTINUE TO BE OPTIMISTIC
AND PUT THE BEST FOOT FORWARD. ANDY: AND SOMETIMES THAT
BEST FOOT FORWARD IS ONE
THAT WILL HELP YOU STEP UP THE LADDER OF SUCCESS. JONATHAN THOM: ABSOLUTELY
CONSIDER TEMPORARY OR
CONTRACT WORK. IT’S A WAY TO BE
EXPOSED TO EMPLOYERS
THAT ARE HIRING. IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO
AUDITION FOR THE JOB. ANDY: AND IN A WORLD WHERE
WORKERS WITH THE RIGHT
SKILLS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND, GILPIN SAYS EMPLOYERS MUST
CREATE A WORK ENVIRONMENT
THAT CAN RETAIN SKILLED WORKERS ONCE
THEY ARE HIRED. ERIC GILPIN: THE WORKERS
OF TODAY DO LOOK VERY
DIFFERENT THEY’RE INCENTIVIZED BY
DIFFERENT THINGS. AND I THINK EMPLOYERS NEED
TO CREATE ENVIRONMENTS
THAT EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY AND UNDERSTAND THAT
MOBILITY, FLEXIBILITY,
RECOGNITION, AS WELL AS YOU KNOW WORKING ON THINGS
THAT PROVIDE MORE SELF
ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE OUTSIDE OF JUST
RECOGNITION IN THE OFFICE
ARE IMPORTANT FOR OUR FUTURE WORKERS. AND YOU KNOW THE
MILLENNIAL CROWD, THAT IS
THE FUTURE OF WORK, NEEDS TO BE TREATED A
LITTLE DIFFERENTLY
TO ACHIEVE RESULTS. ANDY: UNDERSTANDING
GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES
THAT WILL BRIDGE THE SKILLS GAP, MAKING
A STRONGER, MORE
EFFICIENT WORKFORCE. ROB MCCLENDON: SO ANDY,
CERTAINLY GOOD ADVICE, BUT
WHAT ABOUT THE PERSON THAT SAYS, WHETHER THEY BE YOU
KNOW UNDEREMPLOYED OR
UNEMPLOYED THAT SAYS, I’VE GOT BILLS TO PAY AND A
FAMILY TO FEED, AND I JUST
DON’T HAVE THE TIME NOR THE MONEY TO GO
BACK TO SCHOOL? ANDY BARTH: YEAH, AND YOU
KNOW IT’S NEVER EASY, BUT
THE GOOD NEWS IS, FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE JOBS THAT
WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, THEY
DON’T REQUIRE A FOUR YEAR DEGREE, LET ALONE A
MASTERS OR A DOCTORATE. AND OFTENTIMES IT’S THOSE
SKILLS BASED CERTIFICATES
THAT PEOPLE CAN GET THAT MAKE THEM A MORE APPEALING
JOB APPLICANT PLUS THOSE
CERTIFICATES ONLY TAKE ABOUT A FEW MONTHS TO
A FEW YEARS TO GET. ROB: AND OFTENTIMES A LOT
OF THESE EMPLOYERS,
BECAUSE THEY’RE STRUGGLING TRYING TO FIND THE RIGHT
EMPLOYEES, THEY’RE WILLING
TO EVEN HELP THESE NEW WORKERS GO BACK AND GET
THE SKILLS THEY NEED. ANDY: ABSOLUTELY! YOU KNOW WARREN CAT IS A
MACHINERY COMPANY THAT
COVERS OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS. AND THEY HAVE ABOUT ONE
HUNDRED JOBS AVAILABLE,
BUT NOT ENOUGH WORKERS TO FILL THOSE JOBS. AND THEY ARE WILLING TO
PAY FOR SCHOOL; THE
STARTING SALARY IS ABOUT SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS,
BUT IF YOU COME TO THEM
WITH THE SKILLS BASED EDUCATION AND THE
EXPERIENCE BEHIND YOU, YOU
CAN BE MAKING ANYWHERE UP TO ONE HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS. ROB: WOW! WELL ALRIGHT, THANK
YOU SO MUCH ANDY. NOW THIS WILL BE AN ISSUE
WE WILL FOLLOW CLOSELY IN
THE COMING WEEKS. IN FACT, OKLAHOMA’S
BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE WILL
BE EXAMING HOW TO SOLVE THE SKILLS GAP
LATER THIS MONTH. NOW WHEN WE RETURN, A NEW
SEGMENT HERE ON OKLAHOMA
HORIZON WE CALL OUR OKLAHOMA STANDARD.

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