Sometimes jobs aren't easy to find, but here are some tips to increase your chances of landing your next job.
The job market is an extremely competitive place right now. Those who don't have degrees are going back to school in droves to get them, and those who do are now graduated and looking for an employer with which to market their skills. This makes being accepted into school a difficult proposition as well. For many, however, school is merely a means to an end; that end is gainful employment which enables us to make rent, prepare for marriage, save up for the next big purchase, or just sack away money for retirement. In a tight economy, it takes tenacity and persistence even to receive an interview, let alone get a part-time or full-time job.
Unfortunately, we can't search for a job in a static time bubble. Life goes on, and expenses continue to mount up, even when you cannot find a job. Understanding the larger game of jobs and employment allows you to improve your chances of landing a job. There are many businesses in your local area, and each are constantly in flux. Larger employers in particular have a turnover of employees that is inevitable when workers move, are promoted, are fired, go to school, or leave for other reasons. Spreading out your efforts over a number of companies greatly increases your chances of finding one at just the right time in order to be considered for hire. If you are picky and keep waiting for "that job" to come along, you may just find that you cannot afford the wait. If you decide, however, to blanket local employers with applications, then you can continue to angle for a job that you do desire while earning money from a temporary job.
Get in the Door
Sometimes, the job you are used to performing is simply not available, or some companies hire personnel in a slightly different order. You should not worry about the job preference that you have if time is of the essence in finding a career. When the employer goes looking for a new employee to hire, he or she is not looking for a specific type of person. The employer's primary goal is to quickly hire someone that can perform the task and cover the hours necessary. If you can make this work, you would do well to accept any offer that you do have the opportunity of being interviewed for. When you are on the outside looking for a job, an employer is going to see your answers as qualifying or disqualifying conditions. If you agree to work to conditions that are not quite to your satisfaction, an employer will be much more willing to accede to your wishes. This means that if you desire to do a different job within a company, then you can accept a job and express your desire to work a different one. Thus, when opportunities arise for the job you desire, you will have a much greater chance of getting what you want. Most companies prefer to promote from within, and working hard and expressing a positive attitude is sure to provide you with even more opportunities for success.
The most important thing to remember in the job hunt is not to get discouraged. Rejection is not a denial of your skills, abilities, and experience. It simply means that the employer has no opening that you can fit into at the moment. However, the more times that you continue to reapply wherever you can, the more likely that a potential employer is going to remember your name and pick you out of a list. Don't give up searching, because an opportunity will come your way, and you can be there ready for it when it does come.
When I wrote this article, I had been searching for a job, any job, for approximately six months (without success). On April 1 (I considered that this might be a joke), three opportunities I applied for called me in for interviews, and all of them hired me (eek!). As of this update, I will graduate with a Bachelor's in Social Science in twelve days. Despite schooling, the jobs I landed are earning me from $5-$8 an hour. I'm currently working two of them to get by with, but I have no complaints about it at all. The job market may be tough, but you will find something if you keep searching! I wish all the best of luck in finding--and retaining--a job that will help them to make it.