If you’re a recent college grad, you know that today's job market is brutal. You send out resumes and they seem to fall into a black hole with not even a “no thank you” letter in return. If you’re called in for an interview, you're dismayed to discover dozens, maybe hundreds of applicants applying for the same job.
If you’ve been looking for a job for 6 months or more, here are some things you can do to improve your odds of getting a job:
Go Lateral. Broaden you search horizons. Apply for a job just outside your major field. The point is to get a job, even if it’s not exactly what you hoped for. You may discover that it’s easier to move back toward your major field than to land that ideal job from the unemployment lines. At this stage, any work experience is better than none. And don’t discount part-time or volunteer work.
Be Humble. Accept a lower position with a solid company. You may have to settle for a lower salary, but keep in mind that you’ll be competing with experienced applicants, most of whom will be willing to accept entry-level positions. Once you’re in, you can take advantage of a company’s policy of promoting from within. With so many companies in a hiring freeze, they will be looking to move you up to where you hope to be.
Hone Interviewing Skills. Practice your interviewing techniques with college counselors and any campus professional groups in which you are a member. Ask employers with whom you have interviewed to give you some feedback on your technique.
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Got any thoughts on surviving 6 months or more of unemployment? Feel free to share them in the comments section.
Alex A. Kecskes has written hundreds of published articles on health/fitness, "green" issues, TV/film entertainment, restaurant reviews and many other topics. As a former Andy/Belding/One Show ad agency copywriter, he also writes web content, ads, brochures, sales letters, mailers and scripts for national B2B and B2C clients. Please see more of his blogs and view additional job postings on Nexxt.