Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Monday, February 15, 2010

Selling the Idea of Identifying Barriers to Employment

A couple of days ago I responded to a question on LinkedIn about what should be discussed with groups of people who have been unemployed for a long time. The question came from someone in the UK.

I included the identification of barriers to employment amongst my suggestions, which seems to have pleased both the questioner and his clients. Now, in Canada identifying barriers is a matter of routine. So I can’t take any credit for this idea. The reason I mention it here is that it has become obvious to me—when it wasn’nt before!— that barriers are what unemployed people actually want to know about.

“I've sent my résumé to a bazillion employers. Why haven't I got an interview?”
“I got two interviews but no job.”
“I have all the credentials but I can’t get hired.”
“Do you think I’m too old? Too young? Too fat?”
“Are my jeans too tight?”

Our clients are asking us about barriers. When they do this we can congratulate them on their insight and then transition into a discussion in which we encourage them to think about barriers in general throughout the process.


Work at Home said...

I think we should apply to something that we have enough knowledge and skills.

Jack said...

Nice idea by doing this way we can share our skills and knowledge with others and also get to know some new and useful things which can be very helpful in our future.

Great !


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