The Challenge in Today’s Job Search
So you are unemployed. No matter how you look at it, it is not easy. You may not know where to turn, especially if you haven’t searched for a job since before 2008.
Fact 1: The economy is slow and the methods of job search have changed in the last 3-5 years.
Fact 2: Some positions have been phased out.
Fact 3: Your resume is one among hundreds.
Fact 4: Most employers are watching their bottom line because of health-care and lost revenue and are paying less.
First of all, as Christians, we need to believe and know God is in control. He loves you, and has a plan for your life. That is why it is so important to keep your relationship with the Lord strong, and surround yourself with other Christians who can support you. God often works in ways you don’t expect so have an open heart and mind. Stay in the Word daily and pray.
- What to do between your last job and your next job and make yourself more marketable. Check out these resources.
- O*Net- www.Onetonline.org is a website that allows you to assess your skills, look at other occupations and positions. It can also give you other occupations that you may quality for.
- This is a time you can allow yourself to assess your skills, experience, interests and passions Crossroads Fellowship Growth Plan which is a Spiritual Gift Survey and also the DISC, a Career Interest Survey. If you haven’t taken it, or it has been some time ago, take it again. You will be happiest in a job that utilizes your interests and God given talents.
- Local Colleges: Check with them to see what is available.
- Create some structure in your life. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Treat your job search as if you were working. Your Job Search is a full time job.
- Don’t spend all your time on the internet or working on your job search. Take some time to relax and visit with your friends and family and keep in contact with your working friends. Let them know you are seeking employment so they can be on the lookout for job openings for you.
- Apply for Unemployment if needed. Check to see if you are eligible.
- Exercise, get outside your home, and stay positive
- Set goals, and a budget.
(Crossroads Fellowship has financial and budgeting classes available.)
- Volunteering: Very important to keep job ready, making connections, feeling productive.
Job Seeking Skills:
- The most important and effective job seeking skill is Networking. Networking is building relationships; 80% or more jobs are obtained by this method. There are many ways to network and many groups of people to network with.
1. Linkedin: Are you recruitable by hiring managers on LinkedIn?
To take this quiz select and put in your address box.. http://karlsakas.com/linkedin-quiz/
- 2. Networking Groups: Networking Groups for Job and Career Search – North Carolina …shows networking groups in our area.
- 3. Friends and Family
- 4. Associations: Check internet for these.
- 5. Meetup groups- Check internet for these.
Job Seekers Toolbox:
- Resume: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSGjMqNyNp8 Resume tips. 5 Hidden Secrets- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOpkOuIuRxw- A Top Recruiter Gives Resume Tips- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMXqyA2Rxn4- How to Make your Resume Stand Out
- Cover Letter- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YrVZXPtTx0
- Interviewing Skills: phone and onsite-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ502JxJbvk How to Ace An Interview
- Elevator Speech: A Short (30 to 60 second) speech that describes who you are professionally and what your career objectives are in simple, clear and concise language.
Take some classes, updating in your field to enhance your skills, or in another interest area that could give you new skills. The classes in HRD, Human Resource Development. Get more information at Wake Tech: hrd.waketech.edu/
Many classes are free if unemployed, underemployed, or in career transition.
There a wide variety of classes.
EDSI Solutions- EDSI provides comprehensive job readiness, case management, skills analysis, job placement and retention services to a variety of populations: Employers, Welfare-to-Work, Adult and Dislocated Workers, Non-Custodial Parents, Ex-Offenders, Youth, Refugees, and other economically-disadvantaged, unemployed or underemployed populations. http://www.edsisolutions.com/
Federal Pell Grant Scholarships – Covering up to $5,350 in education and training expenses may be available for individuals meeting eligibility requirements. Click here to learn more.
Step-Up Ministries: StepUp Ministry is a community of diverse faiths that partners with adults and children in the shared goal of stable lives through Jobs and Life Skills training.
Personal Job Coaches:
Mike Komives: http://www.mikekomives.com/job-career-search.html
John O’Connor http://careerproinc.com
Jerry Langford: http://www.lifecarecc.com/speakertopics.html
Google for others.
Online Job Search
Job Search Engines
Indeed: www.indeed.com/Jobs : Aggregates Job listings from thousands of websites in one simple search
Craigs List: http://raleigh.craigslist.org/: Pay special attention to legitimacy of jobs
Smart Moms: http://smart-moms.net/
Simply Hired: SimplyHired.com
State and County Website- http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/
Google frequently for Job Fairs in your area.
Learn tips before attending a job fair below.
Media Resources (Advantages and Disadvantages)
Linkedin: LinkedIn is the leading online professional directory of individuals and companies. Individuals use LinkedIn for professional networking, connecting, and job searching. Companies use LinkedIn for recruiting and for providing company information to prospective employees.
Facebook: social networking site that allows you to make connections, share interests, and join groups.
Twitter: Twitter is a social site that is used by millions to keep up with family and friends. It is used for networking, too
Triangle Business Journal: www.bizjournals.com/triangle/- a multimedia business news platform, is the leading provider of local business news for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. Raleigh, N.C.
Search jobs then look inside. Company salaries, reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers.
Videos and Articles On Job Seeking Skills
- http://mashable.com/2012/01/30/new-career-website-lets-job-seekers-upload-video-resumes/ Looking for jobs on Linkedin
Temporary Part time Work Opportunities:
Resources for surviving unemployment:http://www.cporaleigh.org/documents/ResourceGuide.pdf