You want to find a job but you are having trouble finding one due to having a big obstacle in your way. Your search is being hindered by not having a job, as some employers prefer candidates who already have one. Although this is not fair, this is the reality in many cases. According to NPR, many employers are saying they do not want to hire those who are out of work.
This situation is shameful but you do not have to let it stop you. There are steps you can take to fight it. You will learn how to make yourself more employable while being out of work.
You should consider being a temp. I have signed up with staffing agencies in St. Louis where I live. The more skill and experience that you have and the more flexible that you are, the more opportunities you will have. I have done myself a favor by being willing to do all types of work and take any assignment offered to me as long as I can get to the location where the assignment is held on time. I have made it easier to get clerical assignments by developing my Word, Excel, PowerPoint, typing and data entry skills. I have put my temp experience on my resume and I will let my primary temp agency supervisor be my reference.
You can use your idle time to get more training. I have developed the skills that are discussed in the previous paragraph through books and practice. You can attend a community college or vocational school to gain skills that pertain to a particular industry that interests you. By taking classes, you can show a potential employer that you are taking advantage of being out of work.
You can also do projects. Because I am interested in becoming a graphic designer or artist, I make my own newsletters and fliers by practicing with the materials I find in my local newspaper and elsewhere. If your passion is to create websites, you can design a sample website for a company you want to work for.
Freelancing and portfolios
You can also use self-employment to show your worth to employers. If you do things such as writing articles and taking surveys, you can point out to employers that you are contributing to society through your input. Bring a few of your articles to your interviews. By freelancing and bringing a portfolio of the freelancing work you have done, you will look impressive.
Follow these steps to show you are worthy of being considered for employment even though you are out of work!