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Getting an Interview Toughest for Unemployed

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Getting an interview, let alone a job, was extremely tough for unemployed workers in 2013, new research shows.

A study by career network Beyond.com revealed that although almost 80 percent of unemployed workers had applied to jobs multiple times a week in the last year, fewer than 15 percent of them were able to secure more than five interviews for the year, while one-third said they had none at all.

Despite their lack of success, it isn't for a lack of trying. More than half of those surveyed said they applied to more than 20 jobs in 2013, with 87 percent planning to apply more frequently in 2014.

Joe Weinlick, vice president of marketing at Beyond.com, said with so many workers struggling to find jobs, 2013 was definitely "The Year of the Unemployed Worker."

"Finding employment in today’s market requires focus, persistence and unwavering confidence; qualities that can be difficult to maintain with so much competition," Weinlick said.

While they may had a lot of trouble securing work this year, the unemployed remain very confident that things will turn around in 2014. Nearly 90 percent of the unemployed are confident they will find a job in 2014, with 36 percent saying they are sure they will find the right job.

The research discovered that the reasons why the unemployed feel they didn't find work in 2013 varied by generation. Gen X job seekers were most likely to blame a weak economy for their lack of employment, millennials were most likely to cite a lack of work experience and baby boomers were most likely to blame age discrimination for why they're not getting the job.

Overall, millennials were the least likely to be granted interviews, with 45 percent of those surveyed saying they didn't have any interviews in 2013.

Despite the confidence in the unemployed that they'll eventually get a job, 65 percent believe the process will be harder in the year ahead. According to HR managers, they are right. Sixty-five percent of the HR executives surveyed said they think it will be harder to find quality talent in 2014. The majority point to the unemployed job seekers lacking relevant experience as to why the new year will be a challenging one from a hiring standpoint.

The study was based on surveys of 2,300 unemployed workers in various industries.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.