What’s the best job for someone who can’t get a good job?
As the economy struggles to rebound from the Great Recession, many young workers are finding it difficult to find meaningful work.
Many of these workers are in industries that are facing challenges, such as online sales, healthcare, retail and the hospitality industry.
But it’s not just the young who are struggling to find jobs.
A survey of nearly 1,000 adults from all walks of life conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Pew Research Center found that more than half of the respondents said they have experienced a job loss, a sharp increase from the year before.
That number is more than double the number in 2015, according to Pew.
In an interview with CNNMoney, Ben Gentry, director of the Federal Job Seekers and Recruiters Network, told the network that many young people who are searching for a new job are searching not just for the job they want, but for the right kind of work.
“If you’re not getting the kind of job that you want, you may not be looking for the kind that will pay you well, and you may be looking elsewhere,” he said.
“And that can lead to you looking for a job that may not pay as well or may not have the type of benefits and protections that you need.”
So what can young people do to make their resumes stand out?
There are a few steps that many employers can take to boost their chances of hiring someone who is able to do the job, and Gentry said employers need to look beyond the skills that are in their resume to find a person who has the skills, experience and job history they are looking for.
“They have to make sure they’re looking at the right people,” he added.
“When you have an individual who has a lot of experience in that industry, and that industry is not necessarily that well-paying, then they have to look for someone that has the experience in the field,” he explained.
“I think if they’re really looking at their resume, and they know that they’re going to be applying to jobs that are well-paid and well-compensated, they should be looking at people who have the experience, and the ability to apply to that industry and have that job.”
Some companies have begun to shift their recruiting strategies.
For instance, companies such as Uber and Lyft have started offering job placements to people looking to work in certain sectors.
Other companies such a Nike and Under Armour are opening new locations and recruiting in specific areas of the country.
And companies like Apple are starting to offer job placings to people in specific industries.
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