Where are the jobs in Westchester, NY?

Where are the jobs in Westchester County, New York? That’s a good question; one David Newman and Robert A. Rosmarin are trying to answer – for themselves and fellow residents of one of New York City’s wealthiest suburban tracts.

Newman, Rosmarin and four other unemployed area residents are blogging their job search as part of LoHud.com’s coverage of the Jobless Recovery. Over the next 12 weeks, reporters for LoHud, the Website of the Journal News, are also filing stories and data on employment conditions of the region’s industries and profiles of successful job seekers and those still waiting to find success.

The posts from the bloggers are a window into the agony many experience while unemployed.

Rosmarin, of New Rochelle, worked nearly 20 years on Wall Street before he was laid off from his job as an Assistant Vice President at AllianceBernstein in 2009. He said he “felt hurt and cheated” by the situation he finds himself in.

Unemployment is “like a divorce and the best you can do is hope for a good settlement,” said Newman, of Nyack, a lawyer who specializes in trade law and has also been unemployed since 2009.

Rosmarin and Newman offer more than just despair. There are glimmers of hope, like the satisfaction they found in the success of colleagues and the anticipation that the connections or karma might lead to their own good fortune.

They also share their job search tactics, like Rosmarin’s decision to take a temporary position last year and Newman’s attempts to network with friends and former colleagues. Their tactics are a lesson in successful and unsuccessful job search approaches.

At Ladders and on Career-Line, we’ve treated job-seeker profiles like those featured on LoHud and in the Journal News, as a way to humanize the story of unemployment and to offer instruction to the audience. Like Newman and Rosmarin, everyone’s tale is unique and complex, full of details specific to them and their career. But every job search is framed by what we call parameters – the boundaries that limit the job seeker’s search. Do you need to find a job in the same industry or city? Do you need to leave the area? Do you have three teenage children who need an afternoon chauffeur or do you need to deal with the fact that you didn’t finish college?

By reading the personal stories of Newman, Rosmarin and others, you can identify where your parameters align with the subjects’. You can judge how their decisions might impact your job search and you can apply the lessons of their job search to your own. You can follow their lead or avoid their mistakes.

Use stories like these as lessons in job search tactics.