Are you looking for work and struggling for where to start. Have you have just separated from the military, are returning to the work force after several years away or are a recent graduate-here are some suggestions from someone that has a long history of too much work. Yes, I am a workaholic. If I do not have at least three ‘jobs’ at any one time I feel like a slacker.
While not all of these ideas may apply to your situation, one might be the key to getting gainful employment.
First, let us agree that a ‘job’ is any legal and ethic way that you can earn money. Secondly, securing gainful employment at this time is difficult. Thirdly, you have to try in order to get that job-it will not come looking for you.
Step One-A Self Assessment
Write a personal resume of your experience, education and background. This is not for distribution to employers. This is for you to use in your job search. Include everything you can think of and add to the list regularly-volunteer work, unpaid work in your own home, community activities, club and social groups, care giving within your family.
Now write down what you like doing on that personal resume. Do you like being outdoors or indoors? Are you most comfortable working in groups or solo? Are you computer literate or not? While you can certainly adapt to whatever situation is required to get a job, keeping it is much easier if it fits within your personal preferences.
Step Two-Let People Know You Are Available
That personal resume you wrote in step one can now be rewritten for public use. Oh, and you can make more than one version. I encourage you to tailor the resume to the job you are applying for, eliminating experience that may not apply and emphasizing those that do.
Reach out to your network of family, friends, associates, business relationships, strangers, random people on the street. How badly do you want to find employment?
Step Three-Consider a Moonlighting Job Even If You Do Not Have a Primary Job
There was a time when I was a salaried white collar working during the day and a pizza delivery driver at night. Yes, there were dangers, but I managed to avoid getting hurt or destroying my car. The point here is to consider taking a position that will bring money into your household while you continue to look for that primary job. For reference, I have also work in other fast food business, cashiered at a convenience store, delivered newspapers and phone books and a long list of other jobs that helped to pay the mortgage and feed the kids.
Step Four-Can You Speak In Front of Groups?
Public speaking can be a very valuable skill in the work world. If you have a Bachelors degree, you might be able to teach at a private trade school. With a Masters degree and some documented work experience, you might be able to teach at a community college or four-year college. With real world experience, you can teach seminars for professional organizations.
If speaking in public scares you, consider joining a group that can help you in that area such as Toastmasters International. The cost is minimal and the networking and self-development opportunities are tremendous.
Step Five-Be Persistent
How bad do you want a job? Are you willing to work one day, free, on a trial basis? Make that offer. Are you willing to work minimum wage until your 90-day probation period iLet them know. The point behind persistence is getting the job. Once you have a job, getting a better job becomes much easier, both inside your new employers company and outside.
Step Six-Find a Non-job Job
And what exactly is a non-job job you might be thinking. Work for yourself. Do you have a skill listed on that personal resume from step one that people would be willing to pay you for as a service? Did you provide care for a child or parent that can be the basis of a career in child or elder care?
This article has used many questions throughout the paragraphs. Honest answers to them should provide some guidance in your search for employment. I wish you the very best of luck in that effort.