Self-Assessment: How Dedicated Are You to Finding a Job in the Recession?
If you are currently looking for work, you could benefit from a serious self-assessment and ask yourself: how dedicated are you to finding a job in the recession? Being out of work is no vacation. In fact, some people believe that looking for work is harder than actually having a job. On order to determine your level of commitment to finding a job, you should honestly assess the lengths you are willing to go to in order to find work. As yourself a few questions, the answers to these questions will determine how dedicated you are to finding a job:
- How many hours, per day, are you willing to dedicate to your job search?
- Are you willing to take a job that offers less pay than your previous position?
- Would you be willing to work in a completely different field than you have in the past?
- Are you willing to revise your resume and even customize it for each job you are applying for?
- Can you take constructive criticism about your faults and weaknesses and then take positive actions to improve?
During a recession, you have to realize that competition for jobs is fierce. As a result, you will have to take measures to stand out from the competition in order to be hired. One of the most important things you can do is to be the first one to answer ads or make phone calls about positions. So you will have to really be on top of what is happening in the job market in your area. Be aware when jobs are posted in the newspaper.
Even when a job is not listed in the classifieds, you can still call companies in your area to find out if they are hiring. They may have just had an opening the day before and haven't had time to post it yet. A lot of people are afraid of cold calling but really the worst thing the company representative can say is that their business doesn't currently have any openings.
The more people who know you are looking for work, the better. Talk to all your friends and family as well as past co-workers and bosses. See if they know any places that are currently hiring and ask them to let you know if they hear about any positions that become available.
Stay on top of networking events in your area and attend them regularly. Go to all job fairs, and if you are a member of any clubs, make sure everyone in your organization knows you are looking for work. If you attend church, you should talk with the people there as well.
Be willing to take temporary or part time work even if it isn't in your field. You will need to do whatever it takes to get your foot in the door. Sign up with temporary job placement agencies and take whatever position they have available. You might end up working somewhere you really like, and they might offer you a permanent position if they like your work.