JOB SEARCH 101 - A Written ChronicleWritten by Detra Davis
The whole job search effort is completely exhausting and at times just plain pathetic. It is what it is and if you are unemployed know that job search experience is one familiar to everyone at some point and time, so donít feel alone. One of major mistakes many job seeks make is not being able to keep whole job search experience organized.
Remembering who you spoke to on what day, concerning what job can be a true ďmission impossible.Ē
There are a couple of things that can make whole experience more palatable. Lighten up and write it all down.
1. Write down all names, numbers, address, driving directions, phone and fax numbers associated with your job search. You never know when you will be able to help someone else find a job. Remember good deeds never go unrewarded and what goes around comes back around.
2. Writing a resume for each position is essential and using correct verbs to describe your talents and accomplishments is crucial. It is unlikely in three, five or ten years that you will remember how you described increasing those sales accounts 300%. Keep those old resumes, they will come in handy.
3. This is a very small world and keeping a record of good interviewers could land you a job in future. Always keep in touch with people who make a dynamic impression, even if you donít get job.
Jobless in JulyWritten by Detra Davis
There is really nothing worse than being jobless in July, except perhaps being jobless in January during a snow storm in Cook County, Minnesota. News reports about economy trying to make a come back are no encouragement to someone looking for work. It is a hopeless felling when you are jobless in heart of summer. July is for vacations, taking dips in pool, playing golf and attending summer concerts. What is a jobless person to do? Dr. Phil would probably say, son, nothing happens unless you have a plan. Since you must work, seek summer job opportunities.
Save your major job search efforts for permanent full time employment until after Labor Day. The summer help will go back to school and those who are going on maternity or medical leave will notify boss of their exit dates. Do you need work right away? Swallow your pride and pick-up a summer time job, i.e. restaurants that work until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., home improvement stores, landscape companies and donít forget temp agencies. During summer unemployed are competing with high school graduates and college graduates, it is not fair, summer is a bummer.
This can be time when you can also try your hand at starting your own little business. If you like to cook or barbecue, you may want to try it for profit. Start small, keep it simple and be creative. If you truly need a job and you or your spouse, significant other, mother or dad is good with a grill or makes a mean smoked chicken and garlic cheese wrap, give catering a try. The one thing people do all summer is eat. Some eat light, some donít, but everyone eats.