Unemployed? Don’t Be Passive, Be Active
Finding a new job is never an easy task, and in today’s ever changing environment, companies can sometimes be hesitant to take the plunge on a new employee. But if you find yourself out of work don’t wallow in your despair. Instead, take advantage of the resource you do have available: time. While you shouldn’t give up on actively searching for full time work, here are some suggestions for possible endeavors that could earn you some quick cash and beef up your resume.
Start Your Own Small Business
While starting a business can seem like a daunting task, with careful planning and conservative budgeting it can be manageable. Before venturing out into your own enterprise you should do your research, and be sure that you’re ready to embrace the responsibilities of owning your own company. If you think you’ve got what it takes, then roadside food trucks, freelance web designing, or tailoring are just a few of many options that could be good for you.
Polish Your Writing Skills
Good writing is key to almost any field, and touting your writing abilities will make you a more attractive candidate to employers everywhere. One easy way to develop your own writing is to read. If you know what field you’d like to work in, then try reading magazines or journals about that topic. Not only will you pick up on stylistic nuances and keywords that you can include in your writing, but you’ll also impress your potential boss with your knowledge of the industry.
While a dynamite resume is key to landing any job, without connections you may never find the opportunities your looking for. You can meet people just about anywhere, from a gym you frequent to a local park. Or, if you have a friend in an industry that interests you, ask him or her to sit down with you over coffee and talk about their experience. At the end of your meeting, ask your friend for one or two contacts and then ask to meet with them. Slowly, your network will get bigger and bigger and an opportunity will come your way.
Have Realistic Standards
Everyone dreams of getting a high paying job in their industry of interest right off the bat. But in reality, it rarely happens that way. Don’t be afraid to take a lower paying position or even a part-time job if it’s going to provide you with valuable experience. You can then leverage that position and those skills for more lucrative opportunities in the future.
Learn Something New
Employers are always looking for candidates who can be flexible and adaptable. New skills, especially skills that other candidates in your field may not possess can be a great way to set yourself apart. If you’re in marketing, consider learning some computer programming. A varied resume will always be more impressive than a narrow one.