If your top Internet searches include: “job openings”, “how to find a job”, or “most creative ways to make money”… then you would most likely say that you are looking for a job. Am I right? I would like to submit to you that the correct statement would be that you are looking for a paying job, because you already have a job. I see you scratching your head with a creased brow. Yet it is true. While you are seeking a paid position, your job right now is to find a job! Without coming across as overly simplistic, I want to explain my point.
Many individuals I come across take their current job of finding a paid position lightly. They hope to stumble across a job posting and magically land a good, steady paid position. They carelessly fill out applications then cross their arms, sit back and wait. On the other hand, a person that is seriously tackling their job of finding a paid position submits applications in person, places regular follow-up calls to agencies and possible employers, is constantly brushing up on marketable skills, and actually shows up when they’re offered a position. “Wait, what?” Yeah, that last one gets me too. If you finally do get the chance to work for a company or a temp agency, take it! You might be surprised at the number of people that accept a position only to walk off in the first few hours or never show up.
Are you making it your job to find a paid position? If not, here are some simple tips to get started:
Take the time necessary to build/refine your resume.
Submit your resume to employment agencies.
Call the employment agencies at least twice a week.
Drop by the agencies in person once a week if possible.
Make a list of possible employers. Go buy each one and ask if you can fill out an application. (leave a copy of your resume)
Conduct regular Internet searches and apply online.
Either call or drop by a company a week or so after you applied online.
Ask friends and family for job leads.
“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.” -Louis Paseur