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SixFigureStart Quoted On How The Unemployed Can Stay Competitive

“The reason why market competition gets even worse for the unemployed at the beginning of a market recovery is because all the unhappy employed people finally get the courage to jump in, and recruiters will pick the employed over the unemployed,” said Caroline Ceniza-Levine, a career expert; writer; speaker; and co-founder of SixFigureStart, a career-coaching firm.

To compete, Ceniza-Levine said, the unemployed need to match the advantages of their employed counterparts, including an air of confidence as well as current knowledge of top competitors and sector trends. If an unemployed person can demonstrate these attributes, she said, “they will appear as valuable as an employed person and help get over that hump that favors the employed candidates.”

Read the rest of Debra Donston-Miller’s article for The Ladders, “Out of Work, Not Out of the Running:”


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SixFigureStart Quoted In The Dallas Morning News

With 7.3 million jobs lost from December 2007 to October 2009, everyone “starts competing down the line,” says Caroline Ceniza-Levine, owner of SixFigureStart, a career-counseling service. “If you have to look for people, why not look for the unsolicited, more experienced people who are coming in droves?” They take the entry-level jobs. That means people who would normally seek entry-level jobs compete just to find “survival jobs.”

Read more about the effect of this tough market on Generation Y in Laura Vanderkam’s piece:  Why recession won’t mean lost generation


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