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Are job seekers not optimistic about San Antonio jobs?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Job seekers aren’t as optimistic as one might think when it comes to San Antonio jobs.

According to a survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, only 28 percent believing they can find new employment inside of three months.

The percentage of job seekers confident about a short transition changed little from the previous year, when 23 percent said a new position could be found within three months.

Just under 40 percent of callers felt their job search would take between four and six months, which is equal to the 40 percent of callers who said the same in 2013. The percentage saying it would take seven to nine months to find new employment actually went up, increasing from 16 percent in 2013 to 18 percent during the most recent call-in event.

The survey showed that fewer job seekers were outright pessimistic. Just under 6 percent of job seekers thought it would take a year or more to find a new gig. That was down from 11 percent in 2013 and 15 percent in 2012, suggesting that at least some job seekers believe see improvement in the problem of long-term unemployment.

More than half (54 percent) of the callers to Challenger’s job-search advice helpline were jobless for more than six months. Of those, 32 percent were out of work for over a year and 14 percent were out of work for more than 2 years.

“Every job seeker must be able to demonstrate that his or her skills and experience are fresh and relevant. This is even more important for older job seekers, in order to overcome the common misperception that they are unable or unwilling to learn new things. It is critical to keep skills up-to-date and relevant to the current job market, even if it means taking classes through a university or community college,” said Challenger.