Let’s face it. The economy is still tanked and jobs are hard to come by these days. There are people with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees working for $10 an hour. So it’s easy to see why job hunting is such a tiresome if not discouraging undertaking.
Gone are the days when you can just stop by and pick up an application and leave your resume at the door. If you do go to a business, typically they will just tell you to go online or direct you to an onsite Kiosk.
Public Service employers such as local government still prefer to have a manual application. Typically these jobs are civil service and will require a follow up test given at a later date. This process weeds out unqualified candidates prior to any interviews. It does have its advantages if you are good at taking tests. You may just beat out a person with a college degree with your high school diploma. Some opportunities may include Maintenance, Law Enforcement and Dispatching.
Typically Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com are the big boys on the block but let’s not forget to check out the state that you live in. Ohio for example has ohiomeansjobs.com. This site pulls from many different job boards which increases your opportunities to submit your resume to a more diverse hiring pool.
Let’s not forget about the newspaper. Yes employers still advertise in the classified ads. Don’t forget to check the local papers as well. Not all employers are big business and can’t afford the larger newspapers advertising prices. There is also the old fashioned method of actually calling a company on that age old invention called the telephone and seeing if they are hiring.
Word of mouth is very important. Don’t forget to check with your friends on you social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It’s too grizzly out there to be shy. Besides half of your friends or someone close to them are probably in the same boat. If you are in college and looking for work Snagajob.com is an excellent resource to find a part-time job while attending college. There is a plethora of jobs for you lucky souls!
If you have a desire to take care of others, babysitting, critter sitting or house sitting, you may want to check out Care.com. Be wary of work at home jobs. There are a lot of work at home jobs that require a registration fee to use their services. One good resource is Startek.com for work at home jobs. They have paid training and benefits. Startek provides customer service for various businesses across the country by using work at home call center reps or CSR’s.
The most important thing to remember is not to give up! You may have to work in a lower paying job for a year or two but at least you’ll be able to sustain yourself until the economy picks up again. Good luck and good job hunting!