Several people I know have already lost their jobs this year, including my brother. He had just lost his previous job at the beginning of the year when this economy really started tanking when he found this current one – which he absolutely loved. But now he is out of work yet again as of December 31. Losing your job twice in one year is pretty hard to come to terms with, and trying to find another one can be even more difficult. I just emailed him an article from Money.com that had a few tips on finding a job in this economy, and figured I would briefly mention it here as well…
1. Make friends….fast. 80% of jobs are obtained through networking, which I can vouch for – I only got one job from an actual blind interview; everything else was through people I had some kind of connection with.
2. Boost your profile online. Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, etc. are important – but make sure you don’t have anything up on those sites that could incriminate you or cost you an offer.
3. Get in where you can. Volunteer, freelance, offer your services at a big discount – anything to get your foot in a door. Times are tough and not many people are hiring, so you might have to create work for yourself to get noticed.
4. Prioritize your search. Don’t spend time looking in the same places as everyone else. Call old friends and co-workers, tell your family, look for niche websites of your specialty. Clean up your resume by removing the fluff. Be bold and be brave. Those are the people who will get those coveted jobs!
What tips could you add to this list? Let me know in the comments!