Closing the Distance Between Unemployment and Employment

Author: Aleah . |

The Job Window

There are certainly a few benefits to being unemployed. You can catch that extra hour or two of sleep whenever you want. Video games. Lots of video games. Time to write that novel you believe is in your heart. But after a while the benefits of unemployment just don’t hold the same shine they did at first. You only need so much sleep. Day long video games aren’t quite as fun as you imagined they’d be and let’s face it, very few of us are ever actually going to write that novel. Plus the bills are piling up.  It’s time to take that job search a little  more seriously.

 

Looking beyond the job boards

Most probably you’ve been checking out the online job boards, possibly sending in all kinds of applications and you’re waiting for those job offers to roll in. If waiting around isn’t working for you there are a few more things you can try.

 

Target specific companies

You know the sort of job you’re looking for. Have you checked out specific companies you’d be interested in working for? Have you Googled the names of other companies in the industry? Make a list of all the ones you find then review their company website and Faceboook pages. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Check if they have careers sections on their company website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

 

Interact with them. Ask questions. Ask if there are any openings, or any opportunities for an internship. Even if your discussions don’t lead to a job right off the bat, you’ve at least initiated a relationship. You’ve inserted yourself into their consciousness and if something does come up, they’ll remember you.

 

Keep working

I’m not employed, so how can I keep working? you may ask. Doing nothing leads to nothing, or dreaded inertia where you sometimes don’t even feel like trying anymore.

So it’s important to keep yourself busy doing something. See if you can intern at a company you’re interested in. At the very least you’ll gain experience and best case scenario, you’ll get offered a job.

 

Volunteer with a cause close to your heart. You’ll be helping others, it will give you something to feel good about and it looks great on your resume.

 

Start a blog where you can comment on your interests or your industry. It will contribute to your online presence, for when an employer eventually Googles you (and they will) and it will also give you things to talk about during your next interview.

 

Expand your network

We’ve all heard that advertised jobs are only a small percentage of jobs out there. The rest are passed along between people who know each other or have met each other or know of someone who would be great at that - like my brother’s roommate.

 

Let everyone you know know that you’re looking for work. Make contact with people in your field and offer to buy them a coffee. Pick their brains. Find out how they got where they are, if they have any advice. Go to industry events.

 

The thought of big networking events might make you feel uncomfortable, but maybe a one on one coffee would be acceptable.

 

All that extra work is going to help you pin down what you really want to do and will most likely lead to a job you want as opposed to one you just end up getting because it was the first thing you saw.

 



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