by Murray on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010
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The key is to be creative in your search and not to stay idle long. If you are collecting unemployment use this time to look at how you can support yourself with what you know. In the 20 and 30s if you didn't have a skill you might have been hungry.
Jobs, getting back to work.
Laid off, job terminated, contract ended, temp to hire, company downsizing or fired, it all means that the flow of cash has ended and it's time to start searching hard if not harder to fill that void and empty bank accounts.
Merry Christmas, says the one off to the store shopping for gifts instead of heading to the food bank for survival.
When is it time to rethink what you are doing? When you get down to your last dime or last can of soup?
People write us asking how to find jobs and the answer is always the same. Look in every location known to post jobs, read the news paper help wanted at least once each week, ask friends and neighbors, search every online site you can.
What happens when you turn this job hunt into a full time job working 8 or more hours each and every day? Do you start to think you are doing something wrong?
If you read or watch the news you might think there are zero jobs being created. This is true when you only poll the top companies. But if you started looking at the new business listings you might see something different.
Each day new businesses start up. They might be small but then again they might grow faster than anyone expected.
Using 2 people that were at one time on this site as examples might help you find additional avenues in your job search.
One person with 20+ years of experience in the electronics industry and zero experience in business management setup a small service company. The business took off so fast this business with only an owner operator needed a accounts manager and another service person. In just 2 months 3 people back to work.
The second person elected to start a cleaning business. With a $50 investment in supplies and posting online and offline they are now working each day making more then when they were employed by a major retailer.
The key is to be creative in your search and not to stay idle long. If you are collecting unemployment use this time to look at how you can support yourself with what you know.
In the 20 and 30's if you didn't have a skill you might have been hungry more nights than those that had service skills. Ask yourself if you had to create your own work what would you do.
Next is up to you. You can sit and wait for something to happen or you can get out there and make it happen. Small businesses look for people each and every day but they have operating budgets that might not allow them to hire you directly. Have you thought about working commission? A small engine repair person was laid off from U-Haul and didn't know what to do. Small engine repair was all they really knew. About a month later that same person offered a company that repaired small engines under warranty for a major home improvement company a commission repair service. The details were worked out and now this person handles more than 5 repairs each day. This job would have never been posted online or in the local newspapers. It took a creative person asking the right questions. Now working full time repairing lawn care equipment this person may never look again at being an employee again.