With record numbers of people seeking employment, competition is fierce for any job in any industry. If you're looking for work, it might seem difficult to know how to stand out from the crowd. For anyone feeling stalled in their job search, a few simple steps could put the wind back in their sails.
"When I talk with students who are discouraged, the first question I ask is, ŒWhat are you doing?' Nine times out of 10 they're on the computer," says Chasity Trzop, director of Career Services at Brown Mackie College ‹Louisville. "The computer is a passive job search. You are one of a thousand online, with about a 10 percent chance of getting an interview if you have done nothing face-to-face with the company. You must get out and interact with people," Trzop says.
Treat a job search like a job
Trzop reminds graduates that searching for a job is a job, and should be treated as such. A good rule of thumb is to do 10 things each day in support of your job search.
Volunteer to apprentice for free
Volunteering to work without pay can go a long way toward finding a job.
"Offer your service to someone in the field you want to enter. Ask if you can shadow him or her for a few days," Trzop recommends. "Who wouldn't want free labor? It's no skin off your nose if they say no." Volunteer for community service Make productive use of your time. Volunteering provides numerous benefits.
It gets you out of the house and introduces you to new people. "You never know when you'll meet someone who may be hiring. The experience also looks great on a resume, and can fill gaps in employment," she says.