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Loss of benefits may cause unemployed to reassess job search

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Many Americans lost their unemployment benefits this weekend.

Having those benefits cut during the holidays can be rough for many families, but this time of year may actually be a good time to find a job.

The coming of the New Year is a good time for anyone who's been out of work for a while to take a fresh approach to their job hunt.

Some may think companies won't hire during the holidays but I spoke with a recruiter who told me many businesses open up positions this time of year.

Nearly 1.3 million Americans are now without unemployment benefits but there may be hope for anyone searching for a new career.

Client Staffing Solutions president Russ Hovendick said "in terms of staffing, some of the largest months that we've had have been in December and January. A lot of times, employers are looking to hire in that first quarter. Candidates, many times if they have families, are looking to make that transition from the school, from the one school district to the new district and that type of thing. It works out pretty well this time of year."

But Hovendick admits the search can be very difficult.

"One thing I do stress is taking and maybe not shooting for your ideal job, getting yourself back in the marketplace, maybe it's going to pay less, you're going to have to take two jobs for a little bit to get yourself situated but it is much easier to get a job while you're employed," Hovendick said.

The end of unemployment benefits may put job seekers who've given up, back on the hunt. Hovendick said it's sink or swim.

"Because they have been relying on some of those benefits and they're saying what's the use, at least I'm getting a check, and those checks are coming to an end now," Hovendick added.

And as a career counselor, Hovendick helps the unemployed restore confidence in their search.

"In an exercise that really helps stabilize the emotions through this process, it's on there [website], that they can take and go through, and again, going back to the value that they bring not only to the marketplace but also to their family unit, that type of thing, to give them encouragement through that time," Hovendick said.

Hovendick said a good New Year's resolution for the long term unemployed is to take a fresh look at yourself.

Start the New Year with an optimistic approach, and focus on what opportunities a new start could bring.

Hovendick told us many of our veterans who've been deployed have a difficult time finding jobs when they're ready to re-enter the workforce.

He says 28 percent of reservists and National Guard are unemployed.

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