SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With school out and a lot of friends and families taking vacations, things can seem to slow down a little bit in the summer. But the job hunt shouldn’t. 22News reporter is working for you with ways to stand out this season.
During the warm summer months a lot of people take every chance they can to get away from work. But for the unemployed, they’d just like to find some work. And things could be looking up.
In a new survey by USA Today close to half — 44% of job seekers in their 40s and 50s are feeling more confident in the economy and are seeing improvements in their job prospects. They have more years experience and better connections than younger workers and new college grads.
“The younger worker on the other hand may have other advantages too. Depending whether a mature worker has upkept their technical skills, someone just coming out of school who is more familiar with technology may have an edge that way,” said Konrad Rogowski of Futureworks Career Services.
One Springfield job seeker who’s looking to get into the special education field told 22News he’s not intimidated by other teaching candidates with more experience. He believes his younger age will help him connect with his students.
“You need someone who can relate to the kids and be a role model to them to teach them. Someone who’s gone through certain experiences and has gone through the school system around here. Just being open and free to new ideas,” said Thomas Crawford from Springfield.
Of course among the vacationers will be many employers and HR professionals.. but that doesn’t mean job seekers should take a break too. Looking for a job is a full time job. Make them notice your persistent interest when they return to their desks.