5 Things to Do When You Can’t Find Work

With the way the United States economy has been it is a sad fact that many qualified workers have found themselves without a job, and without many options. Being jobless, whether do to a layoff or firing, rarely has a positive effect on one’s morale. Luckily, the old adage “When one door closes, another one opens” can actually come true. You may think that you have tried every possible option out there, and you may have come close. Just remember to never give up. There are many people going through the same thing, and you will be able to change things.

Here are five strategies for finding work during difficult times:

1. Consider starting positions.

Sometimes it’s worth feeling like you’re moving backwards to get ahead. If there are no perfect positions out there, lower your requirements for a short time until something better comes along. Having a job will give you another reason to get up in the morning, and if it isn’t your particular cup of tea, it will also give you even more incentive to work harder to find a better opportunity.

2. Go back to school.

I know you thought there were going to be no more teachers and no more books, but when you want to improve your chances of finding a job, sometimes school is the way to go. During tough times, there is nothing better to help gain a competitive edge, than being on top of the current information in your industry. Rather than paying full tuition prices for courses, some colleges include lower fees for auditing a course. You will not receive an official grade for the class, but you can still include it on your resume. Remember to network while attending classes. You may find your golden ticket talking to a professor or another student.

3. Work as an intern.

Before you start muttering obscenities about working for free, remember that internships can be great opportunities for getting a foot in the door of a prospective hiring company. Even better—some are actually paid. If this sounds like something you would consider, don’t be afraid to contact someone in your field to ask about these opportunities. Be sure to do your research about the company in advance to show that you are truly interested. If you are offered an internship, be thankful. These can be hard to obtain, but, once you do, it will be easier to find more career opportunities for advancement.

4. Upgrade your resume.

The one thing that represents you, other than yourself, is your work resume. Here, prospective employers gather information about your qualifications and background. Be sure to make a great first impression by having a neat, one page long, resume. If possible, have a list of professional references on hand, as well.

5. Take a class on being interviewed.

Should you be asked to come in for a job interview, it is very important to be prepared to talk about your experience. You will also need to know how to dress properly, speak properly, and use body language to put forth the right message. Many career centers offer lectures on these topics, and it can’t hurt to know this helpful information.

When times are tough, remember to get even tougher. Being jobless does not have to be a permanent situation. Instead, make your new job searching for a job, and work at it eight hours a day, five days a week. Something will come along, and when it does, you will appreciate it and use it to go even further on your journey to success!

For more posts and relevant articles by Sara Kosmyna.

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  1. Posted October 1, 2011 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    What if your resume requires more space that the fore mentioned one page? My work history takes up more than that alone.

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