Posted by Todd on Aug 9, 2010 in Advice
, Job Search
If you’re on the hunt for a new job, in this economy, with unemployment looming above 10%, you’re going to have to put some elbow grease into your search. Everyone’s vying for the perfect job, and you’ll have to consider that you won’t get every job you interview for. On top of that, you won’t get an interview for every job you apply for. So, you need to step you’re hunt into high gear.
While you’re not working, consider it your job to be finding a job. That’s where “10-A-Day” comes in. Every day, you should be applying for 10 jobs. Does that seem like a lot? Good!
Some estimates say that you’ll get 1 out of every 10 jobs you interview for. Well, how many jobs that you apply for will you get an interview with? You might not like those numbers. So think about it like this: If you’re applying for 50, or let’s say 70 jobs, per week, you’ve just significantly increased your chances of finding one.
If you’re applying for one job a day, that’s only 5-7 per week. Let’s look at those numbers again: 50-70 and 5-7. Need I say more?
Hop onto Employment Crossing today and search for jobs all over the United States. If there’s opening available, then it’s on Employment Crossing.
The people over at Employment Crossing are doing half of the work, searching for the best jobs, and the best opportunities in every sector. Whatever your skills are, Employment Crossing has the best jobs for you.
Attention world: Let it begin in 2010!
Let what begin? Your career, your attitude, and the rest of your life. Put it in your head that this is your year. Allow yourself to succeed beyond your wildest dreams and reach heights yet unseen. How are you going to do this? Remember this phrase: It’s all in your head!
Your outlook on life will determine the quality of your mood, the company you keep, and most definitely your career. If you’re unemployed: change it! You might say to yourself, “But there are no jobs!”
THAT IS NOT TRUE!
Check out sites like Hound and Employment Crossing today. Don’t wait. The longer you allow yourself to go unemployed, the more problems you are likely to have.
There is no need to fear, log on and find a job that suits your expectations. If you are currently in a job you can’t stand, cross over to a job you love with Employment Crossing.
You can have the life you want. Let it begin, in 2010!
Posted by Erik Even on Mar 18, 2009 in Employment
Read part one.
If you see layoffs coming, negotiate with your company. If things are going badly at your company, you probably think the worst thing you could do is go bother your employer. But this is not the case. If layoffs are on the horizon, your employer may be happy to negotiate with you, to compensate you for leaving voluntarily. Most employers would be happy to see an employee leave voluntarily, rather than being laid off — and they’ll offer money and severance packages. Worst case scenario — your employer makes no offer, and you get laid off with everyone else. Best case scenario — your employer wants to keep you, and your worries disappear. In fact, maybe they’ll even offer you something to encourage you to stay!
Refinance loans, and cut expenses. Lost your job and can’t pay your bills? Call your creditors. Let them know your situation. Some will work with you, and even the ones that won’t will look more kindly on people who bother to call. And, heaven forfend, if you ever end up in court, judges and arbitrators will look more kindly on you as well. If you pay rent, then be sure to pay that before anything else. And cut your extraneous expenses — eating out, movies, cell phone data charges. But don’t cancel your World of Warcraft account- that’s sacred, and you can get a lot of leveling done while you’re unemployed.
Get health insurance. If you’re like most people, you’ll lose your health insurance the second you’re laid off or fired. Sure, COBRA offers continuation of your existing insurance, but even the people who run COBRA admit it’s waaaaaay too expensive. Lots of companies offer personal health insurance plans. They’re expensive too, but often not as expensive as COBRA. And don’t take the chance of going uninsured — disaster can strike anyone at any time. Angry that all this costs so much? Then support national health care.
Don’t dip into your 401(k) or other retirement accounts. Just don’t.
Posted by Erik Even on Mar 16, 2009 in Job Search
New to unemployment? Don’t beat yourself up, with the economy the way it is, it’s happening to everyone.
Here are some tips to think about:
Don’t waste any time responding to your new situation. Don’t take a week off to mope or to give in to depression — the week will turn into a month, then six months. Sign up for unemployment benefits immediately, the same day if possible. Start your job search at once. Rewrite your resume at once.
Learn everything you can about the unemployment benefits for which you qualify. Employment Development Departments offer many services, often for free, and you may qualify for those even if for some reason you don’t qualify for payments. You may be able to get high-quality, free training in your own field or a new profession. You may qualify for partial benefit payments if you work part-time. And your EDD may have job placement services. Your taxes pay for these benefits — use them!
Work hard on your resume. Is it complete? Easy to read? Printed on nice quality, white or off-white paper? One page, both sides? No images or wacky fonts? Do you tweak your resume for each position for which you apply? Do you include a cover letter every time?
Don’t try to use your “free” time for other pursuits. Everyone says they’ll use their time while unemployed to write that novel, or build an addon to the house, or learn to play bass guitar. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. You’re just avoiding what you need to be doing — searching for a new job. You need to work on your job search every day. Finding a job is your new job.
Sign up for a temp agency. Even if you don’t want to do temp work, it’s a great way to find a permanent job. But don’t sign up, and just sit back and wait to hear from them. Call the temp agency every weekday.
Good luck with your job search!