Career Advice For Singles
Finding employment, especially nowadays, can be challenging.  I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times before, but our economy is struggling and jobs are scarce.  Our country is working hard to climb out of this depression but we aren’t quite there just yet.  There is still a lot to do, and unfortunately it appears that the changes that need to be made will all be happening very gradually.  Still, our country is moving in the right direction.

As great as that may be, it still doesn’t provide much support to the seemingly endless number of out-of-work Americans, struggling to make ends meet.  Hours upon hours each day, applying and searching for work only to get a “thanks, but no thanks” response can be disheartening over time.  I know, I’ve been there.  The best advice that I can give is to keep your chin up and to keep grinding away.  Eventually something will have to stick, it just may take some time.  Also, keep the lines of communication open.  Networking can deliver invaluable results, if you take the time to do so, and are doing it the right way.

The biggest mistake I find when I hear people talking about networking, is spreading oneself too thin.  In many instances in life, more IS better, but not necessarily in this case.  Getting your name out there is important, but saturating the market with your name/resume can actually have a negative effect.  You may appear too desperate or without a specific interest.  Think about it: If you were in a position to hire someone, would you lean more towards a candidate who had a specific interest or background in your company’s field of work or someone who blindly applied to every position in town in hopes that something would stick? 

Another important component of effective networking is to contact your old bosses and co-workers.  Even if they work at the same company that you left, they may have connections elsewhere that you can consider.  Perhaps they know someone that you don’t know, who knows someone else you don’t know, who knows the hiring manager at a local company.  Your goal should be to find these gatekeepers and decision makers, as they will be the ones to hopefully push your resume to the top of the list.

Lastly, and this is the most difficult part of networking, is to keep in mind that the job is NEVER done.  Even once you’ve found employment, it can’t hurt to keep your feelers out there.  Should a better opportunity come around, wouldn’t you like to know about it?  If your dream job existed, don’t you owe it to yourself to do all that you can to get it?  If you become too complacent with the job that you’re in, you probably won’t be very happy for very long.  Having a job is nice, but having a job that you love should be the ultimate goal.  So, keep your eyes and your ears open at all times, and don’t be afraid to search around every once in a while to see what jobs are out there.  Nothing says that you have to follow up with any of them, you’re just curious.  Also, your current employer doesn’t need to know that you’re looking around.  Be sure to maintain focus on your work, of course, but on your spare time why not test the waters?  What is the worst thing that could happen?

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