GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn -- In a recent study, The Wall Street Journal reported that 1 out or every 3 people currently unemployed, has been out of work for over a year. When someone has been out of work for this period of time, its time to review your job search strategy and look at changing your approach and adding new strategies. Here are a few ideas to get your job search pointed in the right direction to get the results you're looking for:
1. Treat your search as a full-time job
Most people only apply a few hours a day or week toward finding a new job, and the rest of the time is spent on other matters not related to the job search. You need to regiment yourself and have a structure to your day, 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday that involves phone calls (100+ per day) to potential employers and networking contacts, posting your resume' online, searching various job boards or employer websites for open positions.
2. Get a "Job Boss"
Find someone that will hold you to task on your daily schedule. You won't find a new job on the golf course. This person will review your performance on a daily or weekly basis with you, to make sure you're performing agreed upon objectives. Do not have your spouse as your Job Boss. Consider using the free online job search management tool, JibberJobber.com to help structure your schedule and search activities.
3. Be open to contract or volunteer positions
Many people pass on contract positions that allow you to keep your skills sharp or may lead to contract-to-hire opportunities. Volunteer positions will expand your network and fill-in your resume'. Some contract positions may pay less than what you were making in your previous job, but when potential employers ask what you've been doing with your time between full-time positions, they want to see you've taken the initiative to be productive rather than staying at home watching Oprah.
4. Pull your resume' off the job boards
Re-post your resume' after a two week hiatus, with any new additions or changes to refresh it. Resumes' have a shelf life and get stale after being posted online for 2-3 months. Recruiters have a tendency to look at resumes' posted within the past 2-3 weeks and consider them fresh. Anything with a posting date older, tends to be overlooked.
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