RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It just got harder to find a job in the Richmond area. The job search website www.juju.com reports that Richmond has dropped from 17th to 20th among 50 cities in difficulty to find a job, with 5.49 applicants for every job.
One local man managed to beat those odds. Eric Alfredson landed a job as a transportation broker with Allen Lund Company after attacking his job search in a different way than he has in the past and seeking help from the Capital Region Workforce Center. He tells us about his job with Allen Lund Co., "They didn't have any available positions. But by networking, a former employer of mine was contacted and they recommended me, so I was brought here."
Because the job market is so competitive right now, Eric made his six month job hunt his full time job. "My days were a lot longer than they are now that I'm working. Many times I would be at a meeting by 7 a.m. and I wouldn't be home until 9:30 p.m. I would be out networking at night or be at job clubs."
Eric set up informational interviews with companies where he wanted to work and networked with people who could help him, particularly through the online networking tool www.linkedin.com.
And Eric was prepared for a job interview at any time. He tells us about a time he was asked to interview in just a few hours, "I always had resumes with me, always prepared for my interview. What I would do is I left and researched the company on the way to the interview. I knew what inventory system they had and they were very impressed with that, so I got called back for a second interview."
Now that Eric's working, he hopes to lead a job club to help others. "It's a crisis identity when you're out of work. You question yourself and your value. I would strongly urge people, 'Do not do that. You are just as good a person unemployed as you were employed.'"
The Capital Region Workforce Centers can help job seekers with all of the skills Eric describes: networking, resume writing, interviewing, even skills assessment and training for a new career ... all for free!
Here are the locations of the Capital Region Workforce Centers:
4060 Innslake Dr.
Glen Allen, VA 23060
5410 Williamston Rd.
Sandston, VA 23150
7333 Whitepine Rd.
Richmond, VA 23237
6301 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23225
2300 N. Lombardy St.
Richmond, VA 23220
8093 Elm Drive
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Here are links to networking groups and job search resources:
RichmondJobNet.com offers a comprehensive calendar of networking events.
St. Michael Catholic Church offers job networking.
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