College career centers are getting an uptick in business -- from laid off alumni looking for work. It's no wonder, because a lot of these college career professionals have a lot of expertise in advising prospective workers.
I'm going to cut and paste an email I received from recently retired college career counselor Patricia Peterson. Ms. Peterson used to run the career center at the West Philadelphia's University of the Sciences. I think she made a lot of good points. (Please excuse any typeface weirdness.)
"While I recognize the economy is in bad shape, I believe people really do not know the ins and outs of looking for work. People right now are really desperate and will go to any job fair instead of really sitting down and figuring out what they want to do and where they should begin. Also, people, even in a tough market, still place obstacles (in their own paths), which often are procrastination mechanisms.