I’m going to tell you something that you might be surprised to hear. If you continue to be frustrated by what seems like a completely fruitless job searching endeavor, it might be best for you to take a break. I realize that this is not an option for everyone. Some of you might not have anything to fall back on. I was fortunate enough to have loving and understanding parents who were willing to provide me with food, shelter and support during my time of need. Not everyone has someone to provide them with that kind of support, though. For those of you who do not have that, the alternative to searching for and getting a job as quickly as possible is not pretty.
No one wants to end up out on the streets or in a homeless shelter. Unfortunately, it’s a very real possibility for some if they are unable to quickly find a job. For everyone else however, if you have something to fall back on, count yourself as incredibly lucky. Although relying on someone else is not a picnic in the park either, (it can feel humiliating, frustrating, and just downright depressing, especially if you’ve been job searching or putting applications in without good results), it can give you one option that other people do not have: time!
Trust me, I get it. You want a job and you want a job now. You don’t want to drag things out anymore than they already have been. However, the very thing keeping you from getting a job might be lurking there underneath the huge build-up of stress you’ve likely acquired from searching in the first place! It’s very possible that you have overlooked something. Maybe you need to put more consideration into your skills. Maybe you need to rethink or rewrite your resume. Maybe you need to let go of your preferred career choice and consider other job options. It’s also possible that you have all of your bases covered, and covered well, but you’re simply in the wrong framed of mind. You can have good qualifications, a myriad of skills, and a killer resume, but if you initially come off as completely desperate, you’re going to turn-off potential employers because they want an appropriate measure of enthusiasm, not desperation.
My first few job interviews after my job loss went badly for that very reason. They barely gave my immaculate resume a glance because I was so desperate for a job that when I spoke, I either came across as arrogant or completely incompetent! I’m not saying that you’re either of those, but it can very much appear that way to a potential employer. There are a few things you can do. Practice enthusiasm instead of desperation (even if you have to fake it!) and take a breather. Sometimes it’s best for you to take a step back and allow your head to clear for a while before jumping right back into job searching. Allowing myself a week off gave me a much needed break and permitted me to look at my job hunting endeavor from a new perspective.
One of the most important things that determines whether or not you will get a certain job is the skills and abilities you exhibit. Different skills and abilities are suited to different job types, and each employer will be looking for people with a specific skill set. Everyone has a combination of skills. There are stronger skills that have been developed through practice or job experience, and there are weaker skills that have yet to be so. When you know where your strengths and weaknesses lie, you have a distinct advantage as you know what types of jobs you are likely to get hired for and can focus yourself on those areas.
I’ve mentioned before how helpful job hunting websites can be. But really, job hunting websites are only helpful if you know how to use them, and if you know where your skills lie. Even if you’ve got your strengths and weaknesses figured out, you still might have to ask yourself if your skills are really applicable to the job you want. It is certainly possible to learn new skills, as well as further develop your current skills, but it is important to be realistic with yourself. Lacking the skills that a job requires is one of large number reasons that you might have difficulty getting a job. As much as we’d like to be good at certain things, there will always be things that are not within our abilities. Another thing that can inhibit you from getting a job, is trying to find a job that is based on your favorite hobbies. You might enjoy and even be good at your hobbies, but these hobbies might not necessarily be feasible job choices. Jobs based on hobbies might not give you a decent or even guaranteed income. They can also seem very different in a professional setting. Your hobby might not be as enjoyable when you are required to do it for a living. Think about these things. When you’ve got all of your bases covered, it will be that much easier to find and get a job.
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Despite the title of this, this post is going to be more than just a reiteration of my previous posts. Before I get into my other reasons for making this, however, I want to remind everyone of the options they have. Those of us who are fortunate enough to live in a developed country, have more job options than we think. We have relatively easy access to books, technology, and other sources of information that many do not. The internet, while far reaching, and a good option for people who live in a large number of countries around the world, can only reach so far. Many people have limited access to the internet, are only able to have certain jobs, or suffer from strict laws and censorship.
What I’m saying is that you should be grateful. If you live somewhere like America, you have more options than many people will ever have. While a sad number of Americans are living in homeless shelters, or on the streets, most of us at the very least, have a way of getting newspapers, books, or access to websites to help us find jobs. It’s an unfortunate reality that although the internet has expanded our ability to find jobs, we may not always be able to get the job we want. Whether it’s the fact that you can’t afford college, you lack the qualifications, or you can’t find any openings, you probably feel hopeless.
I get it. Even with helpful websites, things can still be difficult. Sometimes though, you will have to take a job you don’t really want. It might not pay well, or it might be unfairly hard to live off of. It sucks. No one should have to live on minimum wage. I know because I’ve been there. Even if you end up with one of these jobs however, you can make things a little bit easier by being thankful for what you have. Even if your just scraping by, you have more than many ever will. Even if the hours are long and you come home beyond exhausted, you can at least take pride in the fact that you earned every single last penny. This holds true for any job that you put a lot of effort into. While I believe that many of us can be surprised at the number of jobs available, I know that not everyone can end up with an amazing job. If you’re one of those people, please keep up the hope, and keep searching. You’re not alone.
As I have outlined for you before, there are many job searching methods you can use. These included looking in the paper, asking employees while you are in stores, calling businesses in the yellow pages and looking for help wanted signs. I personally think however, that the best job searching method of all is using the internet. The internet gives you a much greater reach, supplying you with access to maps, business information, and an ever growing number of job hunting websites. These websites make it easy for you to get access to the tools you need to find a job.
Job hunting websites generally include lists of a large variety of occupations. You can select the ones you are interested in, and from there you are given the option to enter your zip code. Once you choose a radius size from that area, you are given a selection of jobs that meet your specifications and are within that specified radius. Job hunting websites also offer information on education and skill requirements. Many job hunting websites include the ability to make profiles. On these profiles, you can list your skills, talents, education, work experience, and interests. This gives you a chance to get exposure to potential employers. Employers can make profiles of their own, offer information on their business, the positions available, their requirements, and contact information.
If you make use of all of the tools available to you, you’d be surprised at how well they can work. Although other methods can be helpful, You can find more jobs within your area online, much more quickly than by looking in the paper, or looking around town yourself. Even better, job hunting websites are constantly being updated with new job listings, more employers and more information to help you find what you are looking for.
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If you have seen my last post, I went through three steps you can take to help you get started on your job search. They included determining what you want from a job, considering your skills and qualifications, and talking to people you know. I’m hoping that completing those steps gave you a good base to work form. In this post, I want to expand further on that and talk about some additional things you can do in order to make your job search easier.
Okay so, you’ve got a good idea of what you’re looking for. You’ve thought about your skills and you know what you want from a job. You’ve talked to people and have a better idea of what to expect from certain jobs. However, you’re still having trouble. One option is to look in the paper. Newspapers often list job openings, or have a section where you could make a post explaining that you are looking for a job. Alternatively, you can look in the yellow pages. The yellow pages helpfully list businesses and services in the area while including their addresses and telephone numbers. You could call ones that interest you and ask if their are job openings. Another option would be to look for help wanted signs around your town or ask employees about job openings when you’re in a restaurant or store.
You might be surprised by the number of jobs you can find if you look hard enough, or you might still be frustrated by being unable to find the job you are looking for. If making money money isn’t an urgency for you, you could get an internship or do volunteer work as a way to get experience. It looks good on a resume and will keep you busy until you are ready to get a full-time job. On the other hand, if you’re in a position where making money is an absolute urgency, there is one other option-the internet. I touched on this briefly in my first post. In my next post, I am going to continue talking about that to give you a good idea of how the internet can make a big difference in your job searching.
Probably one of the biggest problems to plague job seekers is their confusion of where to begin. When you are trying to find a job, it can be very easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many things to consider. Your qualifications, your past experiences as a worker, your level of education, and what you are looking for in terms of income, are just a few things that might be going through your mind. It can make job hunting seem like an almost impossible task. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. There are a few steps you can take to make things easier.
1. Determine what it is that you want from a job.
What is most important to you? A good income? Flexibility? A job that fits with your interests? If you don’t even know what you’re looking for, you’re going to have a hard time finding it! Make a list of the three most important things that you think your job should have. This will give you a good base to work from as well as help you to narrow down your job choices.
2. Consider your skills and qualifications.
Not everyone has the skills or qualifications necessary for the job they want. It’s important to think about what you’re good at and what you need to improve upon. Ideally, a job should be suited to the skills you already have. It should challenge you to improve upon them while also helping you to build new ones. It is also important to remember your qualifications. Many jobs require a high school or college degree or at least a certain amount of experience before they will hire you.
3. Talk to people you know.
Even if you have figured out what is important to you in a job, where your skills lie, and what qualifications you have, you still might be struggling with what to do from there. I found it tremendously helpful to talk to people. Ask the people you know about their work experiences. Get a general idea of what the people around you do for a living and how it affects their lives. Ask them about their salaries, their bosses, and the atmosphere of the environment they work in. This can help you make good connections as well as give you a better idea of what a certain type of job would be like.
Yep, that’s just three steps. I bet you were expecting more! There’s going to be more later, but we’re just getting started here, and I think it’s easier to break things into small chunks. Also, please note that there does not have to be a specific order in which you do these things. You might find that it suits you better to think about your skills before you try to determine what you want from a job. Or you might find it suits you more to talk to people you know before you even consider the other steps. Whichever way you do it, hopefully these pieces of advice help you get you started.
I’m Daniel Unger and I know first hand how hard it can be to find a job. That’s the reason I started this blog. I fell on some pretty hard times a few years ago, after losing my job, getting kicked out of my apartment, and being left with no choice but to move back in with my parents. I was twenty-eight then, and the humiliation of having a college degree, but what appeared to be no job options made things feel that much worse. I am thirty-three now and happily employed. I hope that by reminding you of the resources we have now, I can save you from going through the same thing.
Okay, so don’t get me wrong, finding a decent job is not the easiest task right now. But trust me when I say that it is possible. If you do some research on Google, you can find quite a few websites that can assist you with finding work. Many of them are equipped with some great tools like a job tracker that searches for listings matching the criteria you entered. They find jobs within a specified radius, jobs with certain qualifications, jobs based on your area of expertise, and much more. There are also job sites that allow you to sign up, create a profile, and interact directly with potential employers.
You might think that looking online is an obvious option these days, but many people forget that the option is even there. Even if you are aware of the number of job hunting websites out there to assist you, you might find yourself overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. Things might feel hopeless now, but they don’t have to be. I’m hoping that my blog will provide job seekers with a place to get the information they need in order to find a decent job.