Today's job market is extremely competitive. Finding a job is easier said than done. All the traditional routes that we used to take are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of the unemployed searching for the perfect job! As a result, job hunters had to evolve. They have had to become more creative in the methods they use to find work. The beginning is always to search the most unlikely avenues while thinking out of the box as you strive to land the perfect job!
If you have been looking for a job or are self-employed, now is the time to start searching in places you have never explored before. Don't "put all your eggs in one basket". Branch out and see what the big wide world has to offer!
1. Start with the mundane. Drop into the local job center. Although lots of employers use the local job centers to advertise for jobs your choices are usually very limited within that specific area. This is due to the fact that most of these jobs are location-specific and there are very limited seats. To land the job of your dreams, you have to stretch your wings a little.
Don't totally disregard the job center, though. You may find what you are looking especially if you are unable to travel outside your local area or if your area of specificity is what they are looking for.
2. Check out the local newspaper job listings. This is usually a long shot because of the huge number of people that apply through the same avenue. However, the local newspaper job listings usually expand a little further around the local area while offering a variety of jobs and career paths.
3. Retrain. Have you ever considered retraining? Although this might seem like a drastic measure, drastic times call for drastic measures!
Look for careers that are sought after on the labor market. What is in demand today? Weigh up the benefits and consider the following in case of retraining:
- - How much will it cost me?
- - How much will it benefit me?
- - How much time will it take me?
Do your homework first before thinking of retraining. Browse through the variety of skills profiles available on this website -ProfileTree- and you will find everything from artists to builders, drivers to bakers. Go on get inspired!
4. Search Online - The Internet is a minefield to search through so be careful with the words you enter into the search bar. Be specific with the details (initially) e.g. location, job title. As you familiarize yourself with the search method you can begin to widen your search criteria.
Thousands of other people will also be using Internet search to find work. Search engines, however, are very inclusive on providing you with extensive information on what is available and what's hot in demand. This also includes job types and specific areas where work is available.
5. Get some work experience. If the opportunity presents itself, grab it with both hands (especially if you are not currently unemployed). Your first opportunity might feel like a pointless task with little or no money at all, but you would be wrong to undervalue it. Your first job experience can prove to be one of the most valuable experiences of your career. Not only will it allow you to gain new skills without having to pay for them but it can also shape your future work choices.
Think of all the colleagues you would meet, the lasting impressions you would make (you never know when another job might be available), and the new contacts you would add to your little black job book, all thanks to your first job.
6. Visit Job Fairs. Job fairs help you see what is out there in the market. They help you expand your career horizons by becoming exposed to different employers, understand their work environments and their MOs.
In a job fair, you'll have the opportunity to meet up with employers that you might not dream of getting access to on a regular occasion. Although you may not secure a job or find work, you can still sign up for networking programs, resume writing workshops or internship fairs.
7. Contact an Employment/Recruitment Agency. Recruitment agencies have access to thousands of available jobs and sometimes have access to jobs that won't necessarily be advertised locally.
Employment agencies will also help you with your skills profile, checking your resume and conducting a basic interview with you. These are all excellent steps on the path to find work.
8. Work from home. Have you ever considered working from home? There are thousands of opportunities out there for people who are willing to use their homes as their mini-companies. At-home employment saves job owners money on renting office space, electricity, etc. and that's why it has been a growing market along with the growth of the Internet world.
Despite the lucrative deals, you must beware of scams concerning at-home jobs. Remember that if a job sounds too good to be true then it most definitely is! Check the company details online before committing to any job or signing contracts. Be very careful in handing out personal details over email.
9. Review your skills and Freelance. Step out of your comfort zone. Forget about the career or profession that you have been chasing after with no luck. Review your skills. Do you have any hidden talents? Do you have a passion for art or sports? Are you good with children or animals?
Consider all possibilities. You may find something unique enough to land you the job of your dreams.
10. Create a skills profile. If you possess a highly desirable talent or skill that would give you a vantage point on the job market; create a skills profile. Once you have chosen the service you want to offer, you can easily attract customers in order to find work.
Using a website that lists skills and services within can help you advertise these services within your local area or globally. Websites like ProfileTree allow you to create the perfect skills profile, advertise your skills, accept payments, receive reviews and add photos and more for FREE!
Take 20 minutes out of your busy schedule to create an extensive skills profile to increase your potential for finding paying customers and employers. You won't regret it!
11. Move Abroad. This is not an option that will suit everyone, but have you actually thought about extending your job hunt worldwide? Imagine the opportunities that will pop up if you are looking for work in 15 countries as opposed to one small town.
Your possibilities will increase tenfold and you will secure a better employment package than you would at home. When working abroad, you experience new cultures and perspectives. A few years away might even support you in getting your dream job at home in the end with all the increased expertise and credibility!
12. Have you ever considered a working holiday visa? If you think that moving abroad is too big a step for you, then why don't you try applying for working holiday visa?
Working holiday visa offers you the chance to live in a foreign country without making any of the commitments involved in relocating. If you don't even find work, you have nothing to lose. The working holiday visa will broaden your job search and present opportunities that couldn't have access to before.
A quick working holiday visa tip: Look for key global events where staff are required for short periods of time e.g. The 68th Festival de Cannes or the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic. This will make way for a trial and error period before you completely relocate for work.
13. This may sound like a crazy idea but remember that we are considering all possibilities. Have you ever thought of working on a Cruise Ship? This will take you one step closer to actual relocation without making the huge commitment. Most cruise ship jobs are based on short contracts, which allow you to work abroad, see the big wide world, broaden your mindset and earn more cash without moving away or permanently leaving your home base.
14. Social Networking. Websites such as LinkedIn and ProfileTree are perfect for social networking between entrepreneurs. They allow you to connect with people, join groups and look for work online. You can add employment agencies as contacts. Your contacts can help you widen your network of potential clients and employers.
Use these websites to get your resume out there. Ask previous employers and colleagues for recommendations. Don't be shy, it's all part of the journey to find work.
15. Clean up your web profile. Once you have set up your profile, it is essential that you maintain it to the highest standards if you want to attract future employers and find work. Check your profile regularly and ensure that all the information uploaded is up to date, accurate and precise. Have you made your contact information available for potential employers or customers? Be sure to highlight the various methods in which you could be contacted professionally. Check the wording of your profile. See if you need to add any keywords that will ensure more hits in the search engine. Add professional photos and remember that potential employers will be viewing them!
Ensure your skills profile is in best shape. Nearly all employers do a quick search on potential job candidates before hiring them so make sure they become impressed.
2012 was the year when online profiles became more important than resumes. This was due to the fact that; on web profiles:
- Information is constantly updated.
- Employers can see reviews, connections and photos.
16. Spread the word. As of March 2015, unemployment in the USA was 8.6 million according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the UK, Labour Market Statistics figures suggest that unemployment fell to 1.86 million in 2015. Unemployment is affecting people everywhere across the globe and what's worse; there is nothing that you can do about it. WRONG! There is plenty to do:
- Stop hiding and spread the word that you are looking for a job.
- Start with family and friends (they can tell you about job opportunities before they get to the advertising stage).
- Expand your search by social networking to contact previous employers and ask for new contacts.
- Share your profile/resume on social platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and ProfileTree.
- Remember to explore every possible avenue whether online or in real life.
17. Go back to school. You cannot find work with your college certificate only. You must try to meet the increasing job demands through continuous education. Increase your skill set by taking courses that would enhance the qualifications you already hold. Have you looked into free online courses that may give you an extra edge in the job market? Think about returning to school, not just to retrain, but also to up-skill and plump up that resume.
Take a quick look at the tutor profiles here on ProfileTree that would help you improve your skills.
18. Read newspapers, business magazines and articles. Make a note of companies that have recently won awards, have been nominated to receive funding, have landed new contacts or are constantly expanding. Don't wait for these companies to advertise for new job candidates. Contact them, impress them with your knowledge, prepare your resume and offer your services.
18. Promote yourself. Have you ever thought of using your expertise to create your own business blog? Blogs are a fabulous way to show your abilities to the world. Writing a business blog provides you with the opportunity to showcase your knowledge, highlight your skills and talents to the world.
People love reading blogs and are always searching for an interesting read. You may even potential employers or clients via an interesting, humanized blog that stays true to your brand or service.
Create a business blog with a profile on ProfileTree by clicking the blog option in your personal skills profile and start writing!
19. Share your knowledge. People in specialized professions are constantly tempted to leverage their expertise via social networking. People are actually willing to pay for gaining advice and business-specific knowledge online.
Search for forums and discussion platforms in your chosen field and offer your knowledge to the world. You may even make a career out of it.
20. Make your resume relevant to 2015 - 2016.
Before uploading your resume to any job offer, ask yourself:
- Does your resume truly reflect your skills and qualifications?
- Does your it stand out?
- Is your resume relevant to the job market today in 2015?
These are all questions that you should consider before sending or uploading your resume anywhere. Remember if an employer doesn't like what they see, you are highly unlikely to get that important interview.
Be critical and give your resume an overhaul if necessary!
Continue reading tips from 21 to 40 on the second part of this series and discover more valuable guides on how to find work in 2015 - 2016. Click here to go directly to Part 2.
Also don't forget to go to the ProfileTree homepage and create your own profile to offer your skills or services, or even hire someone already listed.