Barack Obama and his administration can claim that the economy is recovering all they want, but I won’t be convinced until I see the unemployment rate begin to decline. The fact is that hundreds of thousands of people continue to lose their jobs every month, which means that finding a job is becoming harder every day. For most people, survival mode comes into play, and just finding something to keep them afloat is necessary.
If you have a little time to spare and you are creative enough, you may be able to find a job that you actually like! Here’s what to do and what not to do:
What NOT To Do
- Submit your resume to Career Builder and Monster. The “employers” that contact you will either be staffinig agencies trying to place you in a job that no one else wants or an employer who is only willing to offer you a “commission only” position.
- Be attracted be a job posting that is very vague and/or does not require any experience and/or guarantees a certain monthly salary.
- Think that a good job is going to come to you. If you want a job that you enjoy, you need to pursue it, network heavily, and take a step towards getting another job every single day. Not one day can pass without thinking about getting a job that you like.
What To Do:
- Identify three different job fields you would like to pursue based on your interests, skill set, and who you know.
- Network with the right people. Networking with anyone will get you a job, networking with people in the job fields you have identified will get you a job that you enjoy. Find clubs and organizations, then attend the meetings.
- Take full advantage of social media. Don’t just build a LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook profile with a lot of connections and followers. Produce content on these social networking sites that focuses on the fields you are looking to get into. Quality followers and connections should be more important to you than quantity.
- Volunteer at organizations that you like. Volunteering will keep you fresh, build experience, and it could turn into a part-time or full-time gig.
If you don’t have an emergency fund cushion to pay your bills, didn’t get severance pay, and/or can’t apply for unemployment benefits, you should not spend more than a couple of weeks trying to find a job that you enjoy. Your family and your finances come before your wants and desires. If you can’t wait long in between jobs before the bills start piling up, quickly get a couple of part-time jobs that mean nothing to you. Don’t spend three or four months looking for “the right job” when you can’t afford to. But if you can afford it, try the tips I mentioned above, and work hard at it. You’ll thank yourself if you land something you enjoy, rather than something that just pays the bills.