The current job market is frustrating to say the least. In fact, there has to be another more vexing term to describe extremely limited job opportunities for the millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans. In December 2010, United States economists proudly projected the job market would return to “normal” within four years, while other economists struggle to define what the new future “normal” will be. This information is not helpful and provides no clarity to those besieged by unemployment. In fact, it’s pretty elusive. Job seekers are turning over rocks, all sorts of rocks in search of opportunities or at least viable leads in hopes of keeping their households financially afloat.
Searching for a job is a full-time obligation. With the multitudes of applications received for each requisition, applicants need to stand out. When you do land a full-time opportunity, more than likely it will be through someone you know. Let’s explore how you can make this happen. For starters, visit your networks starting with those closest to you. Be sure family and close friends know you’re in the market for a job; they will work the hardest for you. Also, utilize social networking. Yes, Facebook is an excellent way to keep in touch with friends, but it’s also a fabulous opportunity to let your friends and their associates know you’re in the job market. It may initially be uncomfortable, but consider that one out of every ten people is unemployed. Don’t be ashamed, get proactive! Desperate times call for desperate measures and our economy hasn’t been this desperate since 1927!
Secondly, create a Linkedin profile. Linked in is an online professional network that boasts 80 million members and counting. Linkedin allows you to connect with other professionals, share your resume, skills and broadcast your quest for work. One of the best features of this site is you can view the associations of your friends and if you so choose, request an introduction to a potential employer. Have an announcement to make to your professional community? Linkedin provides the venue for you to get your job search moving!