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bjbj Anna Davlantes: It seemed like for so long we were hearing bad news about the jobs
report. Well, last week the government reported a slight drop in the unemployment rate. Kori
Chambers: Yeah, it's nice to see. A lot of people are still having a hard time getting
a job, though. Anna Davlantes: Yeah. Kori Chambers: Tamryn Hennessey is the Career Development
Director there, of Rasmussen College, and she's here now to talk about how to improve
your job search if you're looking now. Tamryn Hennessey: Absolutely. Kori Chambers: Okay.
Tamryn: Yeah, it was good news day. Anna Davlantes: Yeah, it was. Kori Chambers: It was a great
news day, but, again, you know, great news doesn't translate to a job to somebody who's,
you know, is sitting home. Tamryn Hennessey: Absolutely, absolutely. It was a good news
day, 230,000 jobs added around the country. A drop in the unemployment rate to 8.8%. We're
hoping for the same news in Chicago. In a week or so, we'll get our exact numbers. But
it's really how do you translate this information from a number to a strategic job search? Which
is what I work with our advisors on how do we find those jobs. Anna Davlantes: And where
is the job growth. We were talking even during the break. A lot of people might feel underemployed.
They might feel like they're in a job that they just kind of had to take. Where is the
growth? Where should they be looking right now? Tamryn Hennessey: Absolutely, yeah, and
as we were saying, now is not the time to quit your job. Anna Davlantes: You don't want
to give that advice. Tamryn Hennessey: Exactly. But now is the time to strategize because
prospects are looking up, and employers are hiring. Both large corporate and small businesses
are hiring. So, it's what is the employer looking for that you need to focus on and
get yourself job ready for that great opportunity. Kori Chambers: Okay. So if someone's been
out of work, though, for a year, two years, I mean, what's different now? What should
they be doing that hasn't worked over the past two years that's going to suddenly work
now? Tamryn Hennessey: Absolutely. Well, the number one thing that's happened is employers
are finally giving in and hiring. They have been very nervous about will this economy
be a sustainable recovery. If it's not, they don't want to commit themselves to more employees.
So, now that we know that they're looking for more employees, now is the time to take
courage and prepare yourself with training and positioning yourself. Anna Davlantes:
What's the best advice you can give someone before we go here? If you have a family member
even or someone you've talked to and said, hey, here's what you need to know. Tamryn
Hennessey: Education. Still the unemployment rate for those with just a high school degree
is 9.5%. With a bachelor's degree it's 4.4%. What a difference. The biggest pickup since
the first of the year has been those with an associate's degrees. That's encouragement.
Get that further training to fulfill your dreams. Kori Chambers: We're out of time,
but thank you for being here. We'll see you tomorrow. Anna Davlantes: Good to see you.
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