For many job hunters, time for a reality check

03/27/2014 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 10:23 AM

Tony Beshara, who heads a large staffing and recruiting firm in Dallas, staggers at the frequency of long-term job hunters who reject job offers.

“They say the pay offers aren’t good relative to what they had before, or it’s not the level of job they had, or it’s too far to drive,” Beshara told me, adding emphatically, “That’s crazy.”

As the force behind www.thejobsearchsolution.com, Beshara has plenty of job-hunter advice, starting with reality checks: The job market has changed. You are unlikely to replace what you lost. Your odds of equaling your last position worsen the longer it takes to get an offer.

The recruiter, who finds candidates to fill professional positions for client companies, also has advice for workers with severance packages who wait until they’re about to run out before beginning an aggressive job search: That’s crazy, too.

Many job hunters are working assiduously and well to apply for jobs that fit their skills, experience and interests, but Beshara said he encounters too many who target inappropriate jobs for them or are too laid-back in their approaches.

“You will face a boatload of rejection, but you have to get out there and meet people,” he said. “It takes an average of 16 interviews to get an offer. You can’t just press a keyboard link and think you’ve searched.”

Beshara said the average U.S. business employs 16 people, and 40 percent of them don’t have websites, so job hunters aren’t going to find their job notices online. Most employers aren’t big companies with employee benefits packages. But they’re a path to a paycheck if you have what it takes to help them make money or save money.

It’s not easy to settle for less money or responsibility than expected, but it’s better than no job. And it could turn into a step up. Or, once employed, it’s also easier to make a lateral move to a more preferable job.

Heed Beshara: Take the offer.

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