Unemployment -Job Search Tips and Staying Positive
Sometimes when we lose a job due to no fault of our own, it may take a while to find another suitable job. It can be easy to feel down and out and take a lack of progress personally. Just keep in mind that there are many jobs out there and it may take a while to find the one that is the best fit for you.
The first thing you need to do is look for a job. If you are drawing unemployment, your state should have a job board or job bank that you can use to search for job postings, either online or at a local facility. Look in your newspaper. Most newspapers that are online have online search capabilities for their classifieds. Take advantage of the online resume services such as Monster. Check out your college alumni association to see if they have a job search service.
Network, network, network. Get out and circulate and make sure all your friends know to pass job leads to you.
Networking in person will also get you out of the house and socializing which is very important when you are out of work. Not being able to find a job can start to be demoralizing after awhile. So don't let it drag you down, stay focused on your search. The job market is a tough world and just because you aren't finding a job quickly has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the availability of suitable work.
If you live in a big city, you may have good luck with find some short term assignments through an agency or what call "temping". A lot of temporary agencies have temp to perm opportunities. Job placement or headhunter agencies are also something you should be looking into. You should leave no stone unturned in your search.
While you are unemployed, you may want to look into some work at home opportunities or investigate ways to bring in income on the side to supplement your unemployment benefits or so that when you do get a job you can make a little extra money to help compensate for the earnings you are losing. This will keep you busy and focused and help you develop new job skills.
The important thing is to not take it personally when you do not get a job that you've interviewed for of don't even get the interview in the first place. You may want to meet with a job coach to tighten up your resume or get some interview tips. Not only do you have specific requirements and needs for your potential employer, they also have specific needs from any potential employees, so if it doesn't look like a job will be a good match, don't get upset. The right job will come along if you just have patience and keep a positive outlook. You may want to look into some volunteer activities, not only will this help you keep busy, but it also looks good on your resume!
Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Unemployment
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