LOOKING for WORK?
Are you looking for work? Have you lost your job? Have you graduated and cannot get a job? Are you over qualified and people are scared to employ you? Have you been demobbed from the armed forces? Are you returning to the work force after a prolonged absence, such as raising a family?
Looking for a new job is not easy and it should be tackled logically and professionally.
You will need qualifications and work experience. If you lack these do volunteer work to help get work experiences and your foot in the door. Do some study to get new qualifications.
Success occurs when opportunity and preparation meet.
Five of the best tips when you are looking for a job
* Build strong networks
Contacts are very important when looking for work. It ‘s not what you know but who you know that often gets you a new job. Join social, religious, service clubs or sporting groups to get known.
* Focus on friends and supporters
Approach friends, old school mates and relatives and renew contacts with others who could help. Ask them if they know of any suitable job vacancies and if they could look out for a job for you. This is one of the best ways to find a job.
* Emphasise your achievements
Organisations look for reliable people who can get things done. What have you done?
Stack your resume with your achievements. List your academic achievements, your work experiences and your non-work achievements. Don’t forget your sporting successes, offices you have held in clubs, and roles in music, drama and educational groups.
* Get listed with several employment agencies
Visit recruitment agencies to enquire about vacancies. Dress well and leave a quality brief up-to-date resume of your qualifications and work experiences containing names of high profile referees. What are you good at? What contribution could you make for an emplo
* Create your own work
If no suitable jobs are available consider training for a new career. Learning a new skill can be stimulating and rewarding. Today many qualifications can be obtained on-line at home.
What are your interests and hobbies? Use your skills to set up your own business and start working from home. More and more people work from their home these days and this will only grow. You can grow things to sell, make, or produce things for sale at the local markets. Whatever you do, do it very professionally.
Seek work overseas in a new country. Often you can get your foot in the door by working in a voluntary organisation such as a Non-Government Organisation (NGO).
Many countries have volunteer services abroad that pay a nominal salary and cover costs. It’s a good way to gain work experience and to make a worthwhile contribution.
There are many job possibilities if you show a little initiative but you must make an effort and approach job hunting in a logical and professional manner. And don’t give up!
“Smart work is the yeast that raises the dough.”
Source: No Job! What Now? Published by Moss Associates Ltd, Cengage Learning Asia also available as an e-book from Amazon.com and VitalSource Bookshelf.