My husband was let go last month along with 9 others because business was so slow. Every day he gets online and looks for work. He sends out 10 to 15 resumes every day,yet has only gotten a couple of replies. Nothing serious yet. I feel like it's all just out there in cyber space and its all for not. Should he be going to business and talking to H.R. ? He is in the Construction field. He has been working as a Project Manager. He's 59 and his back is to bad to pick up a hammer again, so starting over is out of the question. What else could he do to help himself find a job?
Gone online to several web sites and put in 10 to 15 resumes every day.
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I'm sorry to hear of your husband's dilemma. It sounds as though he's being very persistent in his search for new employment. Often (speaking from past experience here), it can take several weeks or even months for a potential employer to contact an interested applicant who has submitted a resume. And sometimes, unfortunately, as you have probably already suspected, not all the job postings on the internet involve an open position. There are companies who will post "help wanted" ads on the internet, when they don't even have a position available. They simply want to "test the market," so to speak, in order to see how many applicants they can attract, and for future reference if they ever do have an opening. But, this is not to say that all job postings on the internet are a sham -- there are legitimate ones, and as I mentioned before, they often do take time to bring results.
It certainly wouldn't hurt if your husband would go and talk to the HR department at his company. They might be able to point him towards an open position either in that company or in another one.
Also, he should check the classified ads in local newspapers for job postings. Not all employers who have an open position post it on monster.com or other job search engines. He should also contact employment agencies, and even temporary services agencies in your area. A temporary position might lead to a permanent, full-time job with the particular company (I've seen it happen before), and in addition, your husband might make some contacts who could help him find a permanent job with another company. Additionally, networking among friends and colleagues can often help -- sometimes, they will know of an open position.
Attorney for 22 years. Former prosecutor, child support attorney, and small claims magistrate. Solo practice in family law