The guests all point out how tough the job market is right now. I really appreciate their resillience, although it is apparent from their voices how the process of job searching has drained them.
I always recommend that job searchers do any volunteer activites they can, and interact with the other volunteers, board members, or volunteer agency folks they meet. Everyone has connections and I have found people to be generally empathetic to job searchers.
I know that it may not be for everyone, but large mainline churches are tremendous sources of contacts and potential job leads. It takes time to join a congregation and get to know the people who can help, but attendance at volunteer church-sponsored functions and the opportunity to get to know folks is exceptional in a church, especially if you share the faith backgound.
The "social networking" avenues are jammed right now. I would recommend a more person-to-person contact through volunteer opportunities close to your field of interest.
Also, anyone can try to start their own business. If you are going to spend 8 hours a day looking for work, you might as well spend 8 hours a day building a business niche of your own.
Good luck and best wishes to all job searchers. It is a tough and emotionally demanding process.
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