Even though we see the news reports of the unemployment rate dropping each month, it shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise that many are still hurting financially. Many people are underemployed (just taking a job, regardless of pay in order to have an income) while others have completely given up the job search (this is another reason why the unemployment rate drops. It only measures those who are actively looking for work as opposed to anyone without a job).
If you are unemployed or underemployed, how do you manage to stick things out to find a decent paying job? Below are a handful of tips to help you push through this tough time.
Tips For Finding A Job
Don’t Put All Of Your Eggs In One Basket
Nowadays, most people search for jobs strictly online, with through one site. This is a big mistake, and one I have been guilty of in the past. If you are only using one job search site, you are losing out. Some employers only post to certain sites. If you aren’t on that site, how will you find the job? You won’t. Luckily, there are sites like JobTonic that pull job listings from all sites into one place. This is what helped me to find my last job.
Furthermore, while the above action is important, you still need to do other things to find a good job. Network with old colleagues and friends to see if they know of any open jobs that you can apply to. Attend networking events (you can use a site like MeetUp.com) to meet new people and find out about potential new opportunities.
The more you are out there and putting yourself into situations to find work, the more likely you will be at finding it.
It can get frustrating not finding a job. I was working at a job I hated and was applying to almost any job I saw just to get out of the situation I was in. As the weeks turned to months, I was not working a new job. I had some call backs, but nothing ever materialized. I was about to give up hope. But I pushed through. I kept applying to jobs that I found. Before one interview, I sat in my car for a moment and closed my eyes. I spoke to the universe and said that I was OK with whatever happened with this interview. I knew that in the end, I would find a better job and every failed interview was getting me one step closer.
I went into that interview, without any pressure on myself and nailed it. I got the job and was ecstatic. Even if I wouldn’t have landed the job, I would have been OK. I knew that no matter what life throws at me, I have to push through. It is the only way to get through. If I were to just sit there, I would still be in a job I hated today and I would be miserable. Sadly, this would extend out to my personal life and affect my relationships too.
No matter how difficult the situation, you have to push through. It’s the only way out.
Life Is All About Choices
Related to pushing through is making choices. Life is all about not what happens to us, but how we react to it. If we become negative when the life is bad, we will subconsciously focus on all of the other negative things in life. This spiral will continue out of control and we will be miserable. On the flip side, if we can find the positive side to things, we will focus on the better things that life throws at us and will be happier people.
Learn to react in a positive way. No matter what the situation, find the positive. It can be something small like remembering where put your keys to something bigger. The key is to acknowledge the positives. Choose to be happy.
If you can learn to push through, stay positive and expand you network, finding a good job is going to happen. You just have to be patient. It might not happen on your timetable – tomorrow – but if you stay positive and keep moving forward, it will happen.
For more information on learning to think positively, check out 30 Days To Positive Thinking.