The usual isn’t working! There are literally thousands of people applying for every job opening whether they are qualified or not. There are very qualified people looking for work! Although as a former employer, I preferred people who were employed versus the ones who were not. There was always some reason they lost their job you probably will never know! So what do you do now? You can volunteer; create your own unpaid internship or Plan B. What is Plan B? Plan B is going to a small business and offer yourself for a few hours or a day absolutely free to show them how well you work. First you need to research the small business to see if they are expanding or growing. Volunteering or working for free is anticipating that they may need your skills as they grow.
Plan B is a risk, they may not hire you, but you have nothing to lose. You may get a referral to a colleague because they see how you work. It is a creative way to network! If you are a professional, you would offer to perform a project such as a marketing plan. Again, you need to do research to find the appropriate company to contact. This economy requires creative solutions! Using technology such as the Internet can support another kind of Plan B. When you are unemployed you can lull yourself into thinking you did everything. Be creative and try different things to get people’s attention. Learn to think like a company president! If you put yourself in the employer’s shoes, figure out what impress them. Put together an internship (unpaid) in an industry you are interested in as a career. Contact the right people in the company and sell them on you. After completing the internship, they may offer you a job or worse you can use it on your resume. It is as close to being employed while you continue looking and networking. You may get a referral out it. They can give you a reference. Remember think like an employer! If you like this article, please subscribe to my blog.
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