|Are you Unemployed or Unemployable?|
|Written by Abby Kohut|
At a quick glance, you might mistake one word for the other – but I'm sure you'll agree that while being "unemployed", you never want to be perceived as "unemployable". Yet, I've read a growing number of articles that attach the stigma of being "unemployable" to the currently "unemployed".
Dictionary.com defines an "Unemployed" person as one "without a paid job but available to work". The same site defines an "Unemployable" person as someone who is "not able to get paid employment because of a lack of skills or qualifications."
Over the past several months there have been articles flying around the web claiming that there may be a causal relationship between these two labels…that the unemployed are considered to also be "unemployable" by many companies.
Ironically, these articles perpetuate the "unemployability" itself as they cause what little self-confidence a job seeker might have left after a lengthy job search to fly out the window.
As a recruiter, my goal is to recommend a candidate who is both the best person for the job and a great fit for the company culture. But in order for me to hire you, you have to get past the checkpoints, much like you do when boarding a plane. For each position I hire only a single person and have to turn away hundreds for reasons other than simply being "unemployed".
Case in point - I received an e-mail from an Administrative Assistant who had given up on searching for a job because "no one would consider her for employment". She was 60 years old and had been unemployed for about 2 years. I took one look at her resume and cover letter and found grammatical errors galore. Being unemployed had nothing to do with why she was not being called for interviews.
Many candidates, with a broad skillset and an exceptional resume find they get stuck at the interview checkpoint. While practice makes perfect – if you go into an interview being negative, wordy, egotistical, dishonest, or are simply just the wrong culture fit, whether you are going to be hired will have little to do with whether you are employed or not.
So what can you do if you fall into the "unemployed" category?
Last but not least, sign up for my next Career Wake Up Call at www.CareerWakeUpCalls.com and then send me any burning job search questions that keep you up at night. These calls are FREE and what you'll learn is priceless.
Absolutely Abby's Advice:
Regardless of why you are "unemployed", please don't believe that you are "unemployable". Seek out the resources you need and then put forth the effort needed to overcome each of your challenges. You are an Absolutely fabulous candidate! You just need to believe it and then practice showing the world what you can do.