I also (finally) heard back and now will start a new job this Wednesday. I took many tips and figured out what worked best for myself. SO many things you can do - so many options.
First off - no matter how long you have been out of work - it can be WHO you know. Email, call, or text all your friends and family and see if they know if there are any jobs available or going to be available. ***this is how i got my job!*** This can work well because they can go in FOR you, drop off your resume or give you a connection that other places cant.
Next - File for unemployment asap. Keep in touch with the people that contact you and let them know ANY updates along the way, ask them questions and possibly ask them if they know if THEY are hiring.
Go online to find job fairs, redo your resume and if you have to DRIVE two hours to wait in line all day to see if you can get hired on the spot.
Contact friends and family about all different job websites. Find which ones have the best and most reliable (and truthful) ads for jobs. (I like careerlink.com - yet some areas do not have this for their city).
Manage your time - Honestly if you get a good handle for this, you should be searching less than 3 hours a day. Go online and apply to anything that fits your wage criteria. Be honest with yourself - lower your bills as much as possible and figure out what you NEED in order to make those bills each month. Apply for all jobs that you are physically able to do.
Apply within a certain radius of where you live - Out of all the resumes you have made, go within a a few blocks or a few miles of where you live and apply or even just drop off your resume. Some places keep your resume up to three or six months.
After you apply, do a follow up call - sometimes people will grill you and it may almost seem like a harsh interview. Be ready to answer any questions they may have.
After you interview - send a thank you note!!! This will make your interview personable and memorable. Plus not only will this make you stand out, it shows the company that you are honest to god interested in the position! if you interview with more than one person, make sure you ask for their business card so you can write them one also.
If you have many interviews at one location, ask a variety of questions each time - go to msn.com and look at the career/job link. Once you are there, you will find many articles that deal with questions. Some of these go beyond the basics and really can interest the person you are being interviewed by. PLUS they can give you an insight into what your boss will be like.
Keep your head up - no one wants to hire someone who seems desperate or depressed and BE HONEST. The job I am starting is at a law firm as a receptionist where I can work up to being a debt collector. When I was interviewed over the phone I told the manager that I am interested in the position, yet I went to school to be a graphic designer. I have learned many skills that can help in many different jobs such as time management, organization and able to notice details that others may miss... yet I know NOTHING about working for a law firm... but I was willing to learn.
Also for those who are reaching beyond their current job skills or even what you went to school for - remind them that you are a hard worker, you are dedicated to what you do each day and would like to work at a company where you know you make a difference at the end of the day. One way that I was able to sell myself to my current position was telling them that I am tired of having a job where I basically sit at my desk and play on the internet all day (truthfully!!!). I went on to tell them that all I wanted to do was to stay home and accomplish all the other things going on in my life - and I wasnt ready to just settle on any job that would give me a pay check. All these things told people I was a hard worker and liked to be busy enough to accomplish things for the company.
I didn't have to switch fields because I was very lucky and a local college had an opening that fit my experience perfectly. However, I worked very aggressively at finding a new job. Here are the steps that I took: * My resume was updated in the new format in which you highlight YOU instead of your work experience. List accomplishments and abilities. * I applied for 36 jobs in a month. I found the jobs through online job listings. I also found many unadvertised jobs listed on company websites. * I practiced before the interview. I wrote out answers to a long list of interview questions and practiced. If you have a web cam, you can record yourself answering questions. Practice helps you to be less nervous and more confident. * I formulated a 30 second commercial about myself and my skills. I am ___________ and I am a _______ with most of my experience in ___________. Most recently, I worked for _______ where I ___________. Before that, I worked for _________ where I _________. My three greatest strengths are ________, __________, and _______. My weakness is __________.
I will pray for all of you to find good jobs soon.
I would take anything. I couldn't take a pay cut since I make minimum wage, and, frankly, that is all any business really pays where I live. Unfortunately, we have more people in the town than job openings, so I must bide my time until someone else gets laid off or quits or whatever it may be.
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Even in these tough economic times, it IS possible to get a job. After being laid of for two months, I accepted a position today and I start on Monday. I had to take quite a pay cut, but I think that I will like this job better than my previous job.
I'm praying for all of you fellow job searchers to have success...
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