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How to Get a Job When You Are Desperate

By Edited Mar 1, 2015 8 9

You Can Find a Job and Earn Money

Even in a Weak Job Market

Periodically throughout the year, we are often reminded of how many people are currently unemployed. If you are one of them, and you are desperate to find a job, there really are jobs available. However, it may take more work than ever before to find one! There may have been times in your life when you wanted to hold off until you could get the "right" job. You spent hours in careful research, and you were willing to wait until the perfect career opportunity comes along. However, there are also times when you really need to simply have a job in order to pay your bills and survive. If this is one of those times for you, how do you go about getting it?

Pondering the Job Search

In today's economy, many people are beginning to lose their unemployment benefits, and are desperate to find a way to support themselves. Often, people lose precious time by trying all the wrong things. This article may save you time and frustration, and help you find the best available job in your area, especially if you really need to get to work soon!

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Write a Resume

The first thing you will need to do in order to find a job is to write out a resume. In addition to your resume, most companies will want you to complete their own applications. However, this will be much easier for you to do if you have already printed out a detailed education history, work history, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of references and former employers. Then, when you complete the company application, you will have all the information you need at your fingertips.

When you are looking for a job, make sure that your resume is neat, and puts you in the best possible light. Explain times that you were not working by detailing any volunteer work or education you were getting during these periods. Have someone else look over the resume and check it for neatness, completeness, and accuracy.

Where to Find a Job

The modern way to look for a job is to check a few websites like Monster for jobs which you think you would be willing and able to do, and follow their contact instructions. However, this is probably going to be your LEAST successful way of getting a job quickly. Therefore, I am going to give you some other suggestions that you can try, while you are waiting to hear the results of those e-mailed resumes!

The old-fashioned ways to look for a job still work. Make a list of companies where you think you would like to work. If you are a young person, a retail clothing store might be a possibility. If you are older, consider retail stores that have specialized departments that fit your background. For example, you might work in the automotive department at Sears, the furniture department of a large department store, or the tire department at Costco. Look beyond the retail sector, too. Are there other companies that interest you?

One idea is to look for manufacturing plants in your community. Some of them may be small and only employ a hundred employees. In other places, you may be able to find a huge automotive manufacturer. Even if you have always had white collar jobs, do not turn up your nose at manufacturing plants. Many of them are cleaner, more modern and efficient than you might imagine. Many of them also need employees who are skilled in the use of computers or robotics. Keep an open mind.

Another possible job opportunity is becoming a commercial driver. Many bus companies and trucking companies need drivers. They are actively recruiting former members of the military in some areas. Contact your local bus company, trucking firms, and UPS. By the ways, many of theses companies have other types of jobs available, as well, such as working behind the counter or in their office.

Once you have your job list, see if you can find an e-mail address for their Human Resources Department and e-mail your neatly typed resume to them ... whether they have a job advertised, or not.

Look at public employee jobs, too. See if there are any positions open at your local DMV, or as a teacher's aide at your neighborhood school. The US Post Office hires people in a variety of positions, from truck mechanics to mail carriers.

The demand for home health care workers is also quite high. Often, you will only need a few weeks of training before being placed in a job. Afterwards, you will be able to earn a living wage while helping the elderly and disabled remain in their homes. Nursing homes also need people who are trained to work as health care aides.

An additional step you may want to try in your job search is to check out websites for those companies that most interest you, and see if they have jobs listed on their own sites. If so, when you e-mail them your resume, let them know the specific job that interests you.

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Job Hunting Tips

It is tempting to spend your job hunting time simply sitting at home and e-mailing resumes. You can tell yourself how hard you are working to find a job, and how many hundreds of applications you have sent out. However, this is still an inefficient way to get a position. In addition to everything else you have done, you must take that list of companies that interests you, and find out where each company, manufacturer, store or business is located. According to Monster.com, it is important to focus your time on certain companies that are of particular interest to you. One of the best ways to maintain that focus is to pay them a visit, if possible.

An important part of your job search will be to dress nicely, take several copies of your resume, and begin to POUND THE PAVEMENT! Go to the stores, or to the offices of other types of businesses, and ask if you can speak to someone in Human Resources about a position with that company. The store clerk or receptionist that you first approach will tell you what to do. Even if the receptionist or clerk says that there are no jobs available, ask if you can leave your resume with them, or if they can suggest a time to come back.

When you are given an opportunity to complete a job application, follow the instructions exactly! If they tell you to fill out an on-line application, do so. If they send you to an office to speak with a particular person, be polite and courteous, even if they tell you they don't have anything available at the moment. If they like you and are impressed with your attitude, friendliness and behavior, they will remember you when something does become available! If they ask you to leave the resume with the receptionist, do as they ask. At least a real person has seen you, and will report your mannerisms and attitude to the person who reads your resume. In fact, it is especially important to be polite to the receptionist. People will notice!

How to Snag a Job

Don't give up on your job search. Keep pounding the pavement! In addition to visiting specific companies that interest you, keep your eyes open for other companies with ads or "Help Wanted" signs. These may be great companies that you never thought about!

Monster.com also recommends that you contact your personal network of friends and former business associates. Let them know that you are available, and would be interested in new job opportunities.

Regardless of your background, if you are offered a job, take it! Monster.com suggests that you even take a temporary position, if necessary. It may not be the job you hoped to find; it may not be full time; it may not pay as much as you hoped. You should still take it. It is far easier for working people to get better jobs than it is for the long-term unemployed. If something better comes along, you can always switch jobs. In addition, you can always keep looking for something better.

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Comments

Sep 2, 2011 11:48am
danmont
I was out of work for 3 months and I felt completely desperate; I sent around 200 CVs and as you suggested I used Monster.com; once I found a job then I received 4 more offers from different companies!
Sep 2, 2011 4:24pm
vicrichardson
Don't underestimate Monster's advice about leads from former co-workers. I have gotten dozens of job opening leads from them, just by staying in touch via Facebook, LinkedIn or e-mail.

Great article!
Sep 2, 2011 5:01pm
Lynsuz
Good tips for help finding a job.
Sep 3, 2011 12:53am
divaonline
Excellent ideas, especially about showing up in person to look for a job. Making friends with the "gate keeper" can be one of the sharpest ways to get a foot in the door. Being personable and positive will have an impact and they will keep you in mind as someone they would like to work with.
Sep 5, 2011 1:26pm
footloose
Good tips and I'd like to add mine. Volunteer at a place you'd like to work. I did and was offered a paying position 3 weeks ago! It's great - I did volunteer for 9 months before I was offered a paid position, but it was worth it.
Sep 5, 2011 3:38pm
Deborah-Diane
Congratulations, Footloose, on your successful job hunt! I agree that volunteering is another way to find a job. Anytime that people are out in the workforce, instead of sitting at home emailing resumes, they have dramatically increased the likelihood that they will get a job.
Sep 13, 2011 11:42pm
freedomw
I'm looking for a new job. I hope people out there look at government agencies for some assistance especially if they have a disability.
Sep 23, 2011 11:29pm
EGreen
I have been volunteering and sending out resumes to ads on Craigslist and online websites but I know that I need to incorporate more in person trips to companies I would like to work for. Thanks for the good reminder.
Mar 1, 2015 5:31pm
Deborah-Diane
Different industries have different things they are looking for in employees. However, there are ways to make sure you stand out from the crowd and speed up the process of looking for a job.
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