I find this as more of a false hope issue. If you do not have a reputation, or if you are new is it very difficult to give the employer a reason to hire you because in my experience the guy with a ten year experience will land the job no mater how well your resume/portfolio may look. I have tried. However, I will continue to work on my portfolio. I am not the giving up type. Good luck to us all that are trying to find work.
I wish also, however getting out there is the big killer for me. How do one convince another that they are a different fish in a sea of many? I guess finding the right people that allows one to finally make it is one of many challenges I am facing. I thought I made it until the company I worked for closed their doors and now I'm trying to find my way all over. Its horrible.
But what about the poor saps with few skills who still need a job? A lot of them out there I'm afraid. But you are right, professionals have a better chance with the job search. My skills got me my present job during the worst of the job drought.
Hmm. I want to believe that--that if I spend more time developing my portfolio and filling out my demo reel, I'll get jobs more easily than if I spent that time looking for work. But I remain a skeptic.