So, why kinds of hoops are job hunters having to jump through to land work? Well, according to what David Wessel reports in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, the odds are better that those who get by them will land work. According to Wessel, the job market is a little bit better. If the economy grows, many of the current jobless will have jobs. A lot of the unemployment is the old fashioned type which can be fixed by a rise in the GDP.
However, that brings us back to the question of what kinds of hoops are there. The answer is that for many professionals, those keep changing. The trick is to figure out how to play the game in a particular field with a particular employer at a particular time in the recovery, with the particular credentials one holds.
That's why the advice industry can appear out of touch and downright silly in September 2012. Sure, it can present classic guidelines and current best practices and those can be helpful. However, the burden is on each unique job hunter to put together a strategy, test it out, do course correction, and muster the enthusiasm to continue to try. Formulas are 20th century.