unemployment and young adults

Posted: February 9, 2012
By: Clay Cerny

Huffington Post cites a study that says hiring for young Americans (age 18-24) is at a 60 year low.  The numbers are frightening, but being afraid helps no one get a job.  It only leads to self-pity and paralysis.

What should young adults do in this difficult job market?  The first step is to broaden their career goals:  Get a Plan B.  For example, someone who wants to work in marketing might also look at jobs in sales as a bridge to their eventual career goal.  A new graduate who wants to be a manager might also consider a position in supply chain or accounting, which will provide skills that are valuable to most managers. 

The most important thing to do is look past the depressing statistics.  Assess your skills, experience, and education.  What do you have that an employer needs?  Answer that question well, and your job search will improve.