A growing number of cities and states are making it easier for workers to find out if they qualify for job training.
New legislation allows employers to ask about a worker’s education level in the workplace and to ask whether they have experienced unemployment in the past.
And more than a third of states allow for employers to track how many people have been fired for lack of job experience.
“It’s a big opportunity for job seekers to go out and apply and be hired,” says Mark Goggin, a New York City-based unemployment consultant.
The rise of social media companies and other online tools to connect job seekers has helped many people connect with jobs that are not necessarily open.
But it also has spurred more job seekers and employers to reach out to each other, says Goggen, who has been tracking job openings since 2011.
He says that, since the Great Recession, the unemployment rate has declined by roughly 4 percentage points, and many job seekers are applying to jobs in a more positive way.
The number of jobs being advertised has also grown dramatically.
Job seekers, including those who have never applied for a job, now spend more than half their time on job boards, which are now the preferred avenue for job search, according to a 2016 report by the National Association of Realtors.
“In the last three to four years, we’ve seen an explosion of job boards,” Goggins said.
“And you know what?
There are jobs for everyone.”
There are still a few barriers to hiring.
Employers have to have a specific, clear set of skills to fill a job.
And there are still jobs that people who are laid off often have no idea what they want.
The best way to find work, says Greg Anderson, a spokesman for the American Association of Retired Persons, is to find a job that pays a livable wage.
And he recommends starting your search with a resume.
If you have experience and a solid job offer, Anderson says, then there is an opportunity to take the plunge.
“If you can get an offer, and you are a qualified applicant, there is a good chance you’ll be hired.”