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How To Find A Job
The Job Search Can Feel Daunting
How To Find A Job Nowadays
I found out all of the following through personal experience.
Hopefully my experience will help you move through the process. Seeking work can actually be enjoyable if you look at it that way. You are expanding your mind and experience a lot during this phase of your life. You get to meet all sorts of new, interesting people, and perhaps try things you hadn’t before.
- First, look on the bright side: there are more opportunities and outlets than ever before to find new and different types of work. This is because you can search via the internet. Your scope of opportunity has been broadened by millions. Can you imagine job search before the World Wide Web? You’d be severely limited in terms of information.
- Go to the library and use their internet connection for free if you don’t have internet yourself. Ask the librarian to show you how to do a search if necessary -- they are there to help.
- Avoid scams and people who prey on job-seekers. For example, do not trust private, for-profit universities and educational institutions that claim that if you earn their unaccredited degree, it will help you find a job. Many employers do not take unaccredited degrees seriously. Also, do not pay anyone who promises to find you a job in exchange for commission up front. It is a scam in most cases, and employers will not see you in a favorable light for working with such people. In contrast, if you get a degree from a public, accredited university in a high-demand skill (such as Linux system administration), employers will probably be interested in you.
- Be creative. If the work you were doing is not prevalent in this economy, be flexible about using your skills and talents in another area. Look for a need out there that you can fill, then fill it. Create a job for yourself that is needed.
- If you need to add skills, there is job training available, sometimes for free, if you are newly on unemployment. Check with your local Employment Development Department. Ask about Work Source or similar opportunities for people in your situation and location. Of course, also do a Google search on this topic.
- Next, NETWORK. You can find out about infinite opportunities online, but to cement them, you must make human connections. Find the jobs in your area you want to target, then contact key people. Call them or drop by the office with your resume (politely, don’t push to see anyone).
- Go to all networking events -- there are countless organizations you can sign up for through Facebook, LinkedIn, and other networking sites. Join LinkedIn if you haven’t already. You can do a Google search for a networking organization that applies to your career goals, then join the organization. Talk to people and give out your card (make business cards free at sites like VistaPrint.com).
- In fact, EVERYTHING is a networking opportunity. You may spot someone at the car wash who works at a company you admire. Be friendly and chat with the person and let him/her know you are looking for work. Just be upbeat and confident about it, like you have a lot to offer and expect the best.
Don't Hide In Bed. Get Out There.
- Ask if you can send your resume to the person at a company you have targeted. Usually people enjoy being helpful, and they can forward your resume to the human resources department of their company. When your resume is forwarded by an employee at the company, it automatically seems to carry more credibility. The HR department will feel beholden to follow up on your resume because it came from their colleague.
- Don’t simply send out resumes online through company sites, etc. Your resume can get lost in the mix that way. Again, make a human connection at the company you are targeting.
- Tailor your resume for each job. Of course your resume must always be truthful. But each job for which you apply has a different job description. You must tailor your resume to highlight the skills and experience you have that directly fit each particular job description. There is NO “one-resume-fits-all.”
- Consider using placement agencies. There are many recruiters out there at various agencies who take a commission for finding you work -- it’s worth it if they find you a great job. You can sign up with as many placement agencies as you like.
- Sign up with temp agencies. Depending on what type of work you seek, you can sign up with temp agencies who often can send you out immediately. Then you have your foot in the door at a company. Often, good temp workers are offered permanent employment.
We all go through job changes in our lives, so keep your hopes and expectations high.
Remember to beware of predators asking for your money, and don’t quit your search one minute before you would have found your dream job!
You Will Find A Great Job Eventually
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