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Month: March 2016

How to go from job-less to employed in a few easy steps

How to go from job-less to employed in a few easy steps

In today’s economic climate, it’s not easy for those who are out of work to get back on the career ladder. Even those who are just starting out after getting a degree can find it increasingly difficult to get into the world of work. As time passes, it gets harder and harder to find work, and many find themselves frustrated with the amount of rejection letters and emails clogging up their inboxes or trash can at home.

Many people, of all ages are finding themselves feeling forced to move back home with their parents whilst they look for work, which can be upsetting when they may have previously owned their own home! It’s not all doom and gloom though, there are jobs out there and one day, with persistence you can nab yourself one. Here are some tips on how to go from job-less to employed!

1. Take the initiative yourself!

Don’t sit and wait for jobs to fall on your lap. Make sure you search every single day. You may not have a job but get up early, and start looking, after all the early bird catches the worm! Estimates show that almost 80% of jobs aren’t even advertised, so why not forward your CV to potential employers with a cover letter explaining that you are interested in any future vacancies that they may have.

Remember not to be too disheartened if you don’t get any response right away. Companies are often extremely busy and if they are interested they will get in touch. Make sure you follow them on social media platforms, this way you are likely to be one of the first to know if any job roles do go live.

2. Stand out from the crowd

Instead of just sending the same old letter to employers, try a few different tactics, for example, at Christmas start the email or letter wishing them a Happy Christmas, and telling them you are available in the new year if they should have any roles up for grabs.

3. Networking

Networking may seem like a bit of a daunting task, but it can be essential when searching for a job. Make sure you make relevant contacts in whatever industry you wish to work in, and more importantly make sure they remember you, and know what you are capable of!

4. Polish your profile/reputation

Employers now look at online reputations more than ever. Make sure that you clean up your social media sites, i.e. no half naked pictures of yourself from that Saturday night, no swearing and certainly no offensive language. This stuff is just common sense.

If employers search your name it is likely that your Twitter or Facebook page will come up. If you don’t want this, separate your personal and private pages. Have a professional Twitter page for public and a private one for just you and your friends to see.

5. BE POSITIVE

It is easier said than done to stay positive when you pay be suffering with low self-esteem due to lack of employment. There is help out there if you are feeling down. If you are struggling with debts, there is also plenty of people that can help with this.