What advice would you give a person who is looking for a job in 2012?
I believe getting a job has a lot to do with attitude. So, go to your interviews with optimism and confidence, believing in yourself and that you can do anything and that you can be the best at anything. The interviewers will sense that and many times an employer will rather have an employee with will to learn and to be great, than one that is already in on the subject, but doesn't have will. So, attitude, good attitude, that's the main thing.
I don't know if it will help much - I'll be out of job in a couple of weeks - but I intend to just persevere and apply for all the jobs I think I could do, even if they are looking for qualifications that I don't have. I know from experience that employers often put out a job ad and have specifications for their ideal candidate, but never really hope to get that, so it's always worth trying anway, you've nothing to loose.
In addition, if you get a job interview and come across as enthusiastic and hardworking that can sometimes swing it in your favour, even although you might not have quite the qualifications they are asking for. I did this a few times when I interviewed care workers. The girls didn't have the qualifications, but were very willing to study, but most of all it was their attitude and warmth towards elderly people that made me choose them instead of some others who did have healthcare qualifications. I never once regretted that decision and these girls were among some of the best carers we had.
Most of all keep your spirits up and try and be as positive as possible - not always easy I know.
I'm also thinking about, if no jobs are on the horizon, of going back to college and take some additional qualifications - probably something in computers.
But lots of luck with your job hunting, I hope it all goes well for you!
Last year was the worst year for my writing career. I secured jobs. Lost jobs. Best job I had paid well at $30 per article, but then the business fell under due to the economy. I made it a goal to look on Craig's list each day and apply each day for a writing job.
I secured two jobs so far. A third on the horizon. Outside of hub I get paid now to write for three different companies. I did not give up. I did not give in. I kept applying even when I was bone tired.
I reformatted my resume. I kept at it. By December I had secured a dream job, a new gig in copywriting and turned down a third job. Like I said, I may have another job on the horizon, will know this week.
Don't stop. Don't give up. Don't give in. Cry when frustrated. Then go back the next day and start all over again.
Look in the right place. Also go for a job that is needed. What is opening? Where can you get the job best? Where is the highest pay? Where will it be permanent? What are the qualifications? Can you do anything to help your chances? On and on and on.
I will be in the same boat looking for a job soon. My internship is almost up. Less than a month.
First try to be educated. You have to finish your degree so you can get a good job enough for you to support your financial needs.
Second, prepare a simple and attractive CV with picture.
Third, be patient and confident.
Last, try to step-up your knowledge and abilities while looking for a job.Try to learn something new like learning a new language online by self-studying, attend some seminars and trainings.Try to do some volunteering too. It will be added as additional skills for you in your CV.
Viel gluck! Good luck!
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