Unfortunately as we all know today's job market is extremely competitive. Finding a job is almost impossible and all the traditional routes that we used to take are becoming exhausted and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of unemployed people searching for the perfect job! As a result we as job hunters have had to evolve, we have had to become more creative in how and where we search for and find work. We are beginning to search the most unlikely avenues and its only this thinking out of the box that will help us land that all important job.
So easy as it may sound 'thinking out of the box' isn't! 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 to find work. 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 centre. Although lots of employers use local job centres to advertise jobs your choices are usually very limited to jobs within that specific area. Unfortunately to land a job we really want we usually have to travel a little. Don't totally disregard the jobcentre though you may find what you are looking especially if you are unable to travel outside your local area.
2. Check out the local newspaper job listings. Again usually a long shot just because of the huge number of people that are also searching this same avenue. However the local newspaper job listings usually expand a little further around the local area and also offer a good variety of jobs and different career paths.
3. Retrain. Have you ever considered re-training? Although this may seem like a drastic measure - drastic times call for drastic measures! Look for careers that are sought after on the job market - What is in demand today? Weigh up the benefits and consider the following:
- How much will it cost me to retrain?
- How much will it benefit me to retrain?
- How much time will it take me?
Do your homework first before trying to retrain and find work! Why not look through the huge variety of skills profiles available on this website - On ProfileTree you will find everything from artists to self employed, builders profiles and driver profiles - go on get inspired!
After you have weighed up these considerations be creative and you may even find work in a career that you never even knew existed!
4. Search Online - Again a minefield to search through so be careful with the words you enter into the search. Be specific with all details (initially) e.g. location, job title, then as you familiarise yourself with the search and the website you can begin to widen your search criteria. Thousands of other people will also be using these searches but these websites do provide you with extensive information on what is available and in demand - this can include job types and specific areas where there is work available. A very popular way to find work today.
5. Get some work experience. If this opportunity presents itself or you can manage to secure yourself in a work experience placement, grab it with both hands (especially if you are not working). You may feel that it is a pointless task with little or no money at the end, but you are wrong, work experience can prove to be one of the most valuable experiences of your career. Not only does work experience allow you to gain new skills for free but it can also help you find work. Think of all the new potential colleagues you will meet, think of all the lasting impressions you can make (you never know when a job may become available), think of all the new contacts you can add to your 'little black job book!'
6. Visit Job Fairs. Job fairs help you see what is out there, they help you expand your horizons all under one roof.
You'll have the opportunity to meet with employers that you might not be able to access any other way. Although you may not actually secure a job or find work from attending a job fair, you may be able to sign up for some networking programs, CV writing skills workshops or workshops for job seekers.
7. Contact an Employment/Recruitment Agency. - Although another step down the traditional route it is always important to ensure that all avenues have been explored. Agencies have access to thousands of jobs and sometimes have jobs that won't necessarily be advertised locally. Remember the good thing about agencies is that it is their interest to find you a job! They will help you with your skills profile, check your CV and normally do a basic interview with you - all excellent steps on the right road to find work.
8. Work from home. Have you ever considered working online but from home? There are thousands of opportunities out there for people who are willing to use their home as a base. This saves employers money on renting office space, electricity etc but just beware of scams- just remember if a job sounds too good to be true then it most definitely is! There are a lot of scams at the moment - check the company details online before committing to anything and be very careful in handing out any personal details over email.
9. Review your skills and Freelance. Step out of the box and forget the career or profession you have been searching 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 that could help you branch out and multiply your chances to find work.
10. Create a skills profile. If you have discovered that actually you possess a hidden talent or skill that you may exploit on the job market, create a skills profile. Once you have chosen the service you want to offer it is important to attract customers in order to find work. Using a skills/service based search website can help you advertise these services within your local area or globally. Websites like www.profiletree.com allow you to create a skills profile, advertise your skills, accept payments, receive reviews and add photos all for FREE! So what have you got to lose? It is worth 20 minutes out of your life to create an extensive skills profile and increase your potential for finding paying customers.
11. Move Abroad. Obviously this is not an option that will suit everyone, but have you actually thought about extending your search worldwide? Think of the many more opportunities that will arise if you are looking in 15 countries as opposed to one small area. Your opportunities to find work will increase tenfold and usually you will actually secure a better package than you would at home. When working abroad you experience new cultures and a few years abroad might even support you in getting your dream job at home in the end!
12. Have you ever considered a working holiday? If you think that moving abroad is too big a step for you why not try a working holiday. Experience life working abroad without making any of the commitments that are involved in relocating. If you are not working you have nothing too loose, it will open up your search to find work and will present opportunities that you may have not have had access to before. Look for key world events where staff may be required for short periods of time e.g. The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship or the 2012 Olympics based in London. This will allow you to try before you buy into the relocation route.
13. This may sound like a crazy idea but remember we are thinking creatively and considering all possibilities, but ever thought of working on a Cruise Ship? Again this is one step closer to actually relocating without actually making the huge commitment. Most cruise ship jobs are based on short contracts, which allow you to work abroad, see some of the world and earn some cash without actually moving or permanently leaving your home base.
14. Social Networking. Websites such as LinkedIn and ProfileTree are perfect for social networking as well as finding work. They allow you to connect with people, join groups and look for work online. You can add employment agencies as contacts and your contacts can help you widen your network of potential colleagues and employers. Use these websites to get your CV out there and 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 web profile, it is essential that you maintain to the highest standard if you are to attract employers and find work. Check your profile regularly and ensure that all the information available is up to date, accurate and correct. Have you given potential employers or customers a way to contact you? Be sure to highlight on your profile ways in which you can be contacted professionally. Check the wording of your profile - can you add any key words that will ensure more hits in the search engine? By all means add photos be just remember potential employers will be viewing them! Ensure your skills profile is the best it can be - nearly all employers do a quick search on potential candidates now - you want them to be impressed. We expect 2012 to be the year when online profiles become more important than CV's - as the information on these is live, employers can see reviews and connections, photos. I can't stress enough, how important it is to have a skills profile that will actually help you find work.
16. Spread the word. As of January 2012 unemployment in the USA was 13.1 million, in the UK figures suggest that unemployment will increase to 2.85 million during 2012. After considering these statistics you must begin to realise that there is no stigma with being unemployed. Unfortunately it is affecting people in all countries across the globe and worse still there is nothing we can do about it - WRONG! There is plenty we can do - stop hiding and start spreading the word that you are looking for a job, start with family and friends (as you well know, often people hear of job opportunities before they ever get to advertising stage). Then expand your search use social networks to contact previous employers and colleagues and ask for new contacts. Share your profile/CV on social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, ProfileTree etc. Increase your opportunities, remember, explore every avenue!
17. Go back to school. Employers are wanting more and more from us job hunters. We must therefore move with the times and try to meet these ever increasing demands if we are to find work. One way to increase your chances of finding a job is to add to your skill set. Are there any courses that you could go on to enhance the qualifications you already hold? Have you looked into free courses that may give you that extra little edge in the job market?. Think about returning to school, not to necessarily to re-train but to up-skill and plump up that CV. Have a quick look at the opportunities to improve your skills here on Profiletree - an opportunity to find a good tutor profile that will help improve some of your skills.
18. Read newspapers, business magazines and articles. Make note of companies that have recently won awards, have been nominated to receive funding, have landed new contacts or are expanding. Be in the know and get in there first. If you know a company has recently landed a huge contract, don't wait for them to advertise, contact them, impress them with your knowledge and offer your services.
18. Promote yourself. Have you ever thought of using your expertise to create your own blog? Blogs are a fabulous way to advertise yourself to the world. Writing a blog provides you with the opportunity to showcase your knowledge and more importantly, highlight your skills to the world. People love reading blogs and are always searching for new information. You may even attract potential employers. An easy way to create a blog is available to anyone with a profile on ProfileTree - just click the blog option in your personal skills profile and start writing!
19. Share your knowledge. We all have knowledge to share especially those of us who are in specialised professions. Again this is about creating your own opportunities to find work. I know some will think I am mad for suggesting this, but people are actually willing to pay for advice and expertise online today. Search forums and discussions in your chosen field and offer your knowledge to the world. You may even make a career out of it!
20. Make your CV relevant to 2012. Does you CV truly reflect your skills and qualifications? Does your CV stand out? Is your CV relevant to the job market today in 2012? These are all questions you should consider before sending or posting your CV anywhere. Remember if an employer doesn't like your CV you are highly unlikely to get that all important interview. Be critical and give your CV an overhaul!
Continue reading the tips 21 to 40 on the second part of this article giving valuable guidance on how to find work in 2012. Click here to be taken directly to Part 2.
Also don't forget to go to the ProfileTree homepage and create your own profile to offer your skills or service, or even hire someone already listed.