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The job market is improving, companies are beginning to hire again and yet you still find yourself receiving those frustrating “thanks, but no thanks” form letters after being positive you’d aced your latest interview. How do you remain determined and keep your faith when it seems you can’t catch a break?

As mentioned, there are already strong indicators that things are finally on the rebound, but when’s the last time you took an objective look at your resume? A. Harrison Barnes, career coach and founder, says if he could stress one important factor for those looking for jobs, it would be the role of the resume. “Too many people don’t emphasize their resumes and assume it doesn’t play as significant role as much as career coaches such as myself keeps saying”. The founder continues, “If you’re that willing to take a nonchalant approach towards getting the job, how does an employer know you won’t take the same approach once you’ve landed the job?”

What advice does Barnes offer? “Simple”, he says, “allow an expert, such as the resume service offered via, to give your resume the once over and be sure it’s as powerful as it could be”.  He continues, “Commitment shines through.” It’s that commitment that will be the determining factor on how soon you move into a job you’re better suited for and that will challenge you.

One recent trend of underemployment seems to be improving. In late 2009, nearly 18% of those currently employed were considered “underemployed”, meaning they were currently in jobs that didn’t allow them to use their education to its full capacity. Those numbers are closer to 14% these days, although official figures aren’t in yet. It’s important to remember it’s only temporary. Those underemployed cited several reasons for taking any work that come their way over the past couple of years:

  • Unemployment benefits aren’t enough to cover expenses or worse, have already run out
  • Many feel being in the public keeps their minds occupied and keeps them out of the house, where they might otherwise dwell on their lack of a career in their chosen profession
  • Their savings aren’t dwindling as fast when they’re working for any kind of income
  • You never know when opportunity will present itself in the most unlikely of places – even those who are underemployed can still network and quite successfully, too, says Barnes

Let’s face it, these challenging times will speak strongly of our character and we can learn a lot about ourselves. We might discover we’re stronger than we realized and who knows, you might meet your next business partner that will become the other half of an extremely successful business in your chosen profession. Regardless, it’s important to not allow negativity to take over and cause doubt. Nothing is worse for a career than those emotions that serve no real purpose.

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