The current era has become one of the hardest times ever when it comes to finding a stable job.  Millions of people are currently out of work and the unemployment rate is still abnormally high. To be successful and in some cases just to get by it pays to be calm, relaxed, and very proactive. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you get ready to try your hand at today’s job market:

 

1) Be selective in which jobs you apply for.

            Find out what you’re interested in and where your current skills would be put to the greatest use. Even if there aren’t any openings at the moment keep watching the job boards and be ready to apply if anything does come available.

 

2) Make good use of your network.

            In a recession it is always useful to know someone and stay in touch. You might know people in a certain line of work that can help you out or serve as an influence towards getting a job in a field that you happen to know something about. Cultivate those relationships and keep them active.

 

3) Let people see who you are and what you can do.

            If your resume doesn’t show them that you are the right person for the job then and there you will be forced to keep looking. Do what it takes to stand out and let employers know that you’re worth the effort.

 

4) Sometimes freelancing can be the answer.

            It’s not a stable or even dependable job most times, but becoming a freelancer can at least supplement your income and keep the lights on.  This can also be another inroad to networking and creating contacts that you might have never thought about before.

 

5) Whatever you do keep things positive.

            Always keep looking forward. Hope might be the denial of reality, but when searching for a way to put food on the table it’s a necessity that can’t be chucked to the side in favor of practicality.  Keep that candle lit and press on towards the next opportunity as you continue your search.

 

Conclusion

 

            When times get tough a job search might be the last thing on your mind. But in order to keep moving forward you will need to stay positive and sharpen your skills so that you can find that next bit of work to keep yourself going.

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