Looking for a job? Five things you need to do first.
1. What is your niche in the marketplace? Job seekers are taking whatever they can get. Although this can be effective; more than likely, this method will prove time consuming and frustrating. Look at your skills and brainstorm what is you are qualified for and passionate about. If you were thinking about making a career change and getting a fresh start, now is the time.
2. Based on what your answer to number 1, create your sales tools to reflect this. Your sales tools include resume, cover letter AND your dialogue when interfacing with a potential employer, business contact, etc.
3. Develop your personal sales force. Carefully examine your sphere of influence. Who in your sphere is positioned to help you? Although this is a version of networking, this will prove highly effective in a short period of time.
4. Be proactive. A large percentage of the unemployed are passive in their approach. They submit dozens of online applications and wait for the phone to right. Do not get caught in this trap. Differentiate yourself by being proactive.
5. Maintain a positive mental attitude. There is little solace to know that hundreds of thousands of people are feeling the same way you are. There are jobs available. Put yourself in the perspective of the employer. With the cost of labor going down and the talent pool deepening, the employer is going to hire someone they like. Maintain your energy level and a positive outlook.