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Job Hunting Series: Create work and start working now. (Self Help)

Murrayby 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.

Murrayby Murray on Friday, Apr. 8, 2016
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When you monitor a group of job seekers of people month to month you often times miss out on people that jump from job to job or work temp labor. The federal unemployment numbers are created from a perfect environment in which everyone files monthly.
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Murrayby Murray on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011
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Searching jobs online at MnWorks doesn't require any login or creating an account. You will find links to apply directly with the hiring company.
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Murrayby Murray on Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2011
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We have seen a growing trend with some job posts to skip over what we consider very important fields. Our job seeker use your post to qualify themselves before applying to your company. This reduces the number of unqualified applications in your in box.
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Murrayby Murray on Tuesday, Jun. 7, 2011
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We have seen a growing trend with some job posts to skip over what we consider very important fields. Our job seeker use your post to qualify themselves before applying to your company. This reduces the number of unqualified applications in your in box.
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Murrayby Murray on Tuesday, May. 31, 2011
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Job seekers should know how employers contact you via our MnWorks websites. The best method is to have your contact information in your resume. In fact a few have actually named resumes first name, last name, phone (no dashes) or email address.
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Murrayby Murray on Monday, May. 16, 2011
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If you are new to our site you might not have seen how we started creating categories. We posted an announcement similar to this one asking employers and job seekers what categories are needed. Today we have 3 new categories.
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Murrayby Murray on Monday, May. 16, 2011
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We are ask many times about why we don't use resume scanning software so job seekers can just upload a resume and be done. The answer is Keywords and Word Density.
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Murrayby Murray on Saturday, May. 7, 2011
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Searching for a job takes talent today. If you are a master at searching Google you have a better chance of finding work using online websites than someone that has never searched or used the internet. We want to help everyone and will be posting help.
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Murrayby Murray on Tuesday, May. 3, 2011
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We have many contractors that use our site to promote their skills to all regions of the USA. Others need to be able to search city and state levels. MnWorks.Jobs offers a full search, work experience posting and job posting board for all to use.
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Murrayby Murray on Tuesday, May. 3, 2011
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When you are looking locally for a job or for employees and job candidates be sure to select the state you are looking in. The Select your State drop down menu is located on the right side of every page. Select National Search to see all posts in the USA.
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