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Finding a New Job

Updated on July 7, 2013

In the current financial climate, finding a new job presents quite a challenge. Many qualified people have been laid off so the competition for any available positions is fierce. What to do? Although it is necessary to check jobs boards, classified ads, Craig's List and the like, it's also very important to network with people you know, and people they know, so that the word gets out that you are seriously looking for employment. Whether you are looking to start a new career or staying in the same field, knowing exactly what kind of position you want is important. Communicate clearly what you're looking for, so others are better able to assist you. It is far better to be personally introduced to the one doing the hiring than to have emailed or faxed a resume that ends up sitting in a stack on his or her desk.

But what if you are ready for a change and don't want to find a new job? What if what you really want is to be your own boss, and in fact you're not really looking for work, what you're really looking for is work from home opportunities. You know people who have tried them and some have been successful and some have not. But you feel a burning desire to strike out on your own, to really use your talents to create your own company. You feel in your heart of hearts that you can do it! Maybe it even feels like a blessing that you got laid off. OK, now you're starting to feel the power of new possibilities. The excitement is growing.You can see the checks piling up in your mailbox.Yes! That's it -I want to be a mapmaker! I want to chart a new life for myself!

Although it's important to visualize your success, it's also important to recognize that building a new business, whether home based or not, takes time. First you must choose a unique product or service that you want to provide.You must be sure that the company is financially stable and has a good marketing plan in place. Knowing the qualifications of the men and women who are the principals of the company is crucial. You will be placing your trust in these people! What is their track record? Are they experienced? Do they have sufficient staff and building space to handle explosive growth? How long are the wait times when you call customer service? Would you feel confident having your clients call in with questions?

If work from home opportunities were quick and easy everyone would be doing them. The truth is, it takes dedication and commitment. And time. If you still have a job, it's a good idea to keep it while you get your home business off the ground and pretty well established. If you've been laid off, you might want to consider finding a job to keep you going while you build your new business. Many people earn significant income with home based businesses, and you can too. It is important, however, to approach this new hope of freedom with your eyes wide open.


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    • Jody Heckenlively profile image

      Jody Heckenlively 9 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. As tempting as it is to jump in with both feet, it's important to proceed with awareness.

    • Shayne Hall profile image

      Shayne Hall 9 years ago from Lafayette, LA

      You've written a very timely hub article. I like the way you encourage people to go into business for themselves (if that's what they want to do), but also suggest that they do it safely, with income from a traditional job, until they build their own business up big enough. Good advice.