Top Ways to Improve Your Employment Strategies

The current economic landscape has changed the way companies hire new candidates for employment. Corporations have cut spending which means less vacant job openings across the board. As someone who has been recently laid off work or are unable to find a new job it can get frustrating.

Following outdated advice in your job search will leave you without hope, mainly because everyone else is doing the same thing to try to get hired.

It is time to work smart and be different. The good news is that there are plenty of tools and resources to use to get you noticed and help you connect with other business professionals in your industry. I will discuss some of those top job search strategies that you can use immediately.

Consider Reading Self-help books and taking Self-improvement Classes

First you will need to change your perspective on the process. Your mindset is probably the biggest hurdle for you to face while unemployed.

The purpose of this is that it will help you recognize the things that are keeping you from seeing the opportunities that are right in front of you.

The game of sending out resumes on the internet everyday is not going to get you a job, in fact all it will do is clutter up the job databases which are already full of resumes. To make a difference in the process of your job search you will have to think outside the box.

Be The Purple Elephant in the Room

Showcase your talents and skills that will make a future employer want  you on the team. Your goal is to show the hiring manager that you will be an asset to the company. Try using video resumes, record yourself discussing who you are, what you have to offer and how you can help the company you want to work for grow.

Take Note of your Strengths and Weaknesses

The advantage of being unemployed is that now you can access your skills, talents and creativity. Look at this as an opportunity to find your strengths and build upon them. Ask close friends and family what they think is your best attribute. Write down things you are good at doing. Include things that you want to give to your community.

Use Social Media and the Internet

Sending out resumes is not the only activity you can do on the web, you can also become involved in social communities. The goal is to connect and network with other professionals in your industry. Find out what they know about the various companies and hiring requirements.

Start a blog, create some videos, set up a profile on Facebook, join a social networking group, become known in the web community as an expert in your field. You will be surprised at the type of offers you can receive just by communicating through new media.

Volunteer for a Cause

One of the greatest things you can do to boost your self-esteem is volunteer and help those who are less fortunate than you are. Although you may not have money, you do have something of value and that is "Time". Donate your time, skill, knowledge and help a non-profit organization, by doing this you are building good Karma into your life that will come back and pay you in real dollars in the future.

Open up to New Ideas

Your present situation although not very pleasant it allows you to try new things, re-invent yourself and look at different industries that your skills can fit  into. For instance if you have spent the last 20 years working as an administrative assistant or front desk clerk and now you are looking for a new occupation.

Look for ways to transfer those skills into a new career. A good example would be that the call center industry is booming.  Companies need people who are good on the phone and can handle customer requests. You have computer skills, phone skills and know how to fill out paperwork. Transfer that into a customer call agent. The good thing is that you can telecommute or work out of your home if you have an internet connection, phone line and headset.

Finding Your Next Career 

Finding your next career can take on many shapes, that's why it is important to not get set on one type of job. Maybe you have your heart set on a certain type of occupation. Look at broadening your view to include jobs you never even considered doing before. Remember the economic situation is tight and it does not leave room for dreaming but for facing reality.

Your new approach may require you to take a pay cut in your annual salary, or to travel abroad, or to learn a new language. Whatever you need to do to advance your skills or widen your landscape, do it. Now is the time to take chances and see what your capable of achieving.