Conquering the Infamous Job Search

Everyone gets to that point - the point where they know they need to look for a job. It’s a daunting task…trust me, I’ve been there. But the process of job searching doesn’t need to be difficult!

There are various ways to go about job searching.

First, make a plan. Narrow down what you do and don’t want in a job. Are you okay with working in the food industry? Would you like to work in retail? Would you prefer a job in an office? Figure out where you would like to work, that way you know where you even want to start applying.

Next, start looking for job openings. A lot of stores will have signs up saying “Now Hiring!” Hit those first. There are several websites that contain ads from companies looking to hire. Stick to searching for jobs that are available.

The best tip for job searching though, in my experience, is networking. With the lack of job openings right now in the economy, it’s more about who you know, rather than where you’re applying. Start by asking friends if they know of anything. Who knows, maybe the company your friend works for is looking to hire someone? Ask around to people you know who are professionals, and work for larger companies. They may have connections that can help you out. You may even be able to apply for jobs you never thought you were able to! Networking is also good with helping to get your foot in the door. If you have a good connection, they can always put in a good word for you. Then you can land a job, putting the job search to an end.

The process of job searching is surely intimidating. The act of searching for a job itself stops a lot of people from even finding a job…because they don’t even know where to start. But as long as you narrow down what you’re looking for, and be proactive in your search…the process can go smoothly!  

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