JOB-HUNTING TRICKS OF THE TRADE
Source: Nella Barkley, President, Crystal-Barkley Corporation career-coaching firm, www.careerlife.com, Courtesy Bottom Line Personal magazine
Money's tight. To make it worse, you lost your job.
Here are a few methods career-coach Nella Barkley recommends to get back into the workforce.
* NETWORK WITH AN IDEA, NOT FOR A JOB. Come up with a compelling idea you can sell to prospective employers, an idea that sets you apart from every other "Joe-Blow" chasing a job.
* SHOP SECTORS THAT ARE STILL HIRING. Sure, you've never worked in the health care industry. But it's hiring. Market your skills to where the jobs are.
* TARGET SPECIFIC JOBS. If you say you'll take any job, you look desperate. Be specific. That way, you look driven, and your contacts can point you in the right direction.
* CONSIDER MOVING TO AREAS OF LOW UNEMPLOYMENT. Common sense says it's easier to get a job where there ARE jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor's web site updates regional unemployment rates every month: www.bls.gov/web/laummtrk.htm
* VOLUNTEER YOUR WAY INTO THE COMPANY. While out of work, donate your time to a non-profit. That way, you can show 'em what you got: your work ethic, your out-of-the-box ideas, etc. Remember, non-profits typically have high-profile executives on their board. There's your network of hiring companies!