Hearing this a lot: I Need a Job!
The last few years have been a period in history unlike any other. Not only are there amazing and remarkable advancements in the field of technology, but changes in the socio-economic and inter-connective status of nearly every country and person on this planet makes this a time when nearly everything is possible.
The downside is, people who find themselves saying “I need a job” are faced with a phenomenal challenge: the job market has become even more competitive and diverse. Today’s labor force that is no longer limited by geography. Because of the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, you now have to compete against jobseekers from neighboring towns, states, and even other countries. The same position that just a decade ago would have been available only to a handful of people is now a competition among hundreds of prospective applicants.
If you find yourself saying “I need a job” repeatedly, then you must learn to take the initiative. Here are a few suggestions that you can follow to help you out and get you started .
1. I need a job but I don’t know whom to approach.
The people you know can sometimes turn out to be the most valuable assets. Networking is an underrated approach to job seeking but the truth of the matter is, it works! Once you know the right people, your chances of getting employed might increase.
It is estimated that as many as 40% of new hires within the biggest companies are discovered through referrals made by existing employees. Make sure that you reach out to those you know—your family, your closest friends and your acquaintances, even the friends of your friends. Let them know that you are available and looking. Build your reputations as a good and diligent worker and make sure that they know what your strengths and accomplishments are. It’s not enough to tell them “I need a job”. You also have to learn to market yourself.
2. I need a job but I don’t know where to start.
If you are passionate about something, a great way to open doors is to volunteer. Find a cause that is worth your effort and hard work. It might seem like a waste of time at the start because you’re not earning money. But volunteer work is a great way to gain valuable experience. Start by building up your credentials. Volunteer work is a great way to accumulate valuable references and meet people that can point you to the right direction.
3. I need a job but how I don’t know how to prepare for it.
Do your homework and make sure that you are prepared for an interview. One of the worst mistakes that any prospective employee can make is to go to an interview without at least researching on the position for which he or she applied for. If you are unfamiliar with the position, then it might be difficult for you to answer questions. Find background information on the position if possible. During an interview, you want to come across as prepared, knowledgeable, and open. Let them know you are serious and committed, but don’t be too uptight or nervous. Let your personality shine through. You want to make sure that your character and work ethic will impress them.
So if you find yourself saying “I need a job”, keep these simple suggestions in mind. Start by doing some research and always be prepared. Remember that a helping hand or a good word from a friend can also help you out in the long run