Unemployment can be devastating, especially for job seekers actively searching for work. In an already tough market where hundreds, even thousands, of people are applying for one position, unemployment is all too common. Luckily, for job seekers in Dallas, the unemployment rate is still lower than the national average. Unemployment rates are determined by the total labor force that is unemployed, but still actively searching for work. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Dallas unemployment rate is 5.4 percent, while the national average is 6.5 percent. These numbers are steadily decreasing from previous months, which is a great sign for job seekers.
So what does this mean to you, as you search for new jobs? It means positions are beginning to open up and are ready to be applied to. In order to land the job you desire, our team has developed some tips to help you prepare for the increase in job availability.
Update your resume. If your resume has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust, or if you are sending out a standardized, blanket resume to every job you apply to, it’s time to change things a bit. There are key points that your resume must discuss. Your resume should include your most recent education, work experience, and certifications (if necessary). It should also be customized to the individual position you are applying for.
Cover letters are important. When applying to a job, check out the job posting to see if it says anything about a cover letter. Even if a job application doesn’t specifically ask for one, it’s still important to include one with your application. Cover letters are great for giving employers more information about yourself. They should tell the employer who you are, why you’re applying to the job, and why you would be an excellent fit. It’s a simple and effective way to sell yourself and get employers interested in you.
Although the unemployment numbers can be daunting, it’s important to stay positive throughout the process. Remember, the market is looking up and these tips are just the start of what you can do to prepare yourself for re-entering the world of applying for jobs. For more information on unemployment in Dallas or searching for a new job, contact one of our recruiters today!