JOB HUNTING IN TODAY’S ECONOMY
Q: My husband just lost his job. He’s looking for a new one, but it’s been disheartening to watch him lose a job at a company he loved. I’ve been home with my two children until now, but I’m ready to start looking for a job too. Where do I start? Can I expect to find anything in this market?
A: Think about who you are, what you are looking for and what you have to offer. Make notes about your past jobs, club activities, community service and any time that anyone has ever told you, “Good job!”
Next, call people who have jobs that are similar to what you are looking for. Ask how they got there. They’ll be flattered, and you might get some useful information. You can also hit the library or search the internet to learn what kind of resumes employers like these days.
Start posting your resume in the hundreds of general and specialized online job boards that are searched by employers and recruiters. Get yourself a profile on LinkedIn.com – it’s free. Also check out the “How to get the most out of LinkedIn” articles for some good ideas. Use the network to look for people that you’ve lost touch with. Join a LinkedIn industry group, and join some of the discussions if you have something to add.
And don’t forget to follow up – on everything. Be careful about spending money on job search advice or “work at home” projects, but do feel free to stretch your comfort zone a little in all directions. Show this to your husband, and good luck to both of you! Though it is a tough market, people are still getting jobs. With a little persistence, you and your husband may soon be among them.
Your Turn: Tell us about your recent job search. Have you made any goofs, and what worked best to land that dream job?