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Unemployed? Act Now to Get Back into the Workforce

According to the most recent update from the New York State Department of Labor, New York City’s unemployment rate has risen to 8.6 percent. The statewide unemployment rate is 7.6 percent and the national average unemployment rate is 7.3 percent.  If you find yourself in the 8.6 percent, here are a few tips to get you back into the workforce.

Unemployment in New York City (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Evaluate your career goal
Are you in a shrinking job market? Some occupations or industries offer fewer opportunities. Research the market. Resources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can provide insight into the job outlook for particular careers or industries. Job postings are another way to detect trends. If you need a little support, contact a career coach.

Increase your marketability through professional development
Whether you are changing careers or staying on your current career path, professional development is essential. Review job postings to identify the skills, certifications and education that employers are seeking. Improve your technical skills, take courses toward an industry certification or take college courses to enhance your skills and knowledge. Working as a volunteer or intern is another way to build your skills while unemployed. It is also a great way to build your network.

Conduct a multi-faceted job search
Cover all the bases through these and other job search activities. Networking online and in the real world is the top way to find a new job. Post your resume on local and niche sites. Update your LinkedIn profile, post regularly, connect with others and participate in groups. Set-up “scouts” on career websites to receive daily lists of new postings matching your criteria. Study the market and submit your resume to employers, even if they do not have jobs posted.

Your constant forward momentum will be the thing that keeps you on target, focused and motivated to achieve your goal.

Debra Wheatman is a certified writer and career coach who has guided the professional development of thousands of clients globally. She is reachable at

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