Finding work in today's economy takes motivation, determination, and networking like never before. With so many people collecting unemployment and frustrations running high, it is no wonder that there is so little faith in our current economy, let alone with our current job market. With a little know how, you can get a job in this lousy economy.
In the past six months, many people have recently found themselves looking for work. The first step to finding a job is asking yourself these questions: What are your marketable talents? Who do you know? And how do you get the word out?
What are your marketable talents?
The first step you need to take is revamping your resume and making several alternative resumes. After taking an inventory of what your marketable talents are, take some time to discover the temporary opportunities and permanent opportunities you might consider employment in. Some temporary opportunities might include working in the service industry just so that you have some cash flow coming in. If you are one of those lucky people who receive an unemployment check - good for you! This is something that you don't need to do.
Service industries are always in need of good employees. One idea is starting a house cleaning business. You can start by asking your friends if they want to have their home cleaned. If they are happy with your work, ask for referrals!
Other services industries that you might consider is working in the food service industry. Most of us have had food service experience at one time or another, fall back on that experience and start by visiting the local restaurants that you like or visit on a regular basis. The management and staff will recognize you so it makes it harder for them to turn down your request to work for them since they already "know" you.
For permanent work, continue to search online or try employment agencies in your area. conduct searches on Monster.com, careermag.com, or hotjobs.com to see what the local market is for your area. Consider training so that it makes you more marketable for that position.
Who do you know?
Start talking with friends or past coworkers about what you are looking for and what your goals are. By doing this, you are asking for help in your job search and afterall we all need a little help from time to time. Share your resume with friends and ask them to feel free to foward it to anyone that might need someone in your field or related field.
Email your resume to as many different job opportunities. Sign up for Careerbuilder.com and receive the updates for jobs in your area. Register with your local employment agencies like Appleone, Kelly Staffing, or Manpower - just to name a few.
How do you get the word out?
Create some generic business cards and attend chamber events or other local meetings. Introduce yourself and get to know people in your area. This way you are meeting people who might know of different job opportunities or looking for the perfect candidate. Be open to any opportunity sent your way. You are selling yourself and your skills. And in order to do so, you need to let people know that you are willing and able to work!
Finding the right job is going to take some time. However, this market allows us to reinvent ourselves to consider employment in fields we have never dreamed of. Consider this time as a growth experience and learn from it. If you follow these steps, you are sure to get that phone call asking for an interview.