What is your excuse? I was speaking to a co-worker whose spouse lost his job about three month ago. His job search strategies revolve around applying to job postings in the Sunday paper and attending job fairs. He has not been success thus far. Does this sound familiar?
As for networking or trying some other avenue, his excuses include:
- I do not know anyone.
- I am not social.
- I do not have friends in â€œhigh places.
- I am too old to do that.
- It does not pay enough.
- I am not going to do that, what if my friends see me!
- I cannot work for your father/brother/cousin/neighbor/whoever
And there are other excuses. Do these sound familiar?
In my first ezine mailing I spoke of the 5 best ways to find a job and 5 worst ways. The worst ways are the worst, because it involves putting you out there the least. Generic job fairs and responding to ads, the rejection is sterile. The bruising on the ego is minimal. It is what it is!
The best ways, coincidentally or not, involves putting you in situations that are uncomfortable. Do you hate public speaking? I want you to try attending Toastmasters. Try getting up in front of strangers and speak for just two minutes. The best ways involves you breaking out of your shell.
Yet, as hard as that is, what is the alternative? Is the alternative staying on unemployment, hoping Congress passes an extension? The old way of answering job posting has a success rate of less than 2%. Is that the way to go?
And do not let ego hurt you. An unemployed person needs to get a job, any job immediately. It does not matter if the job is overnight security. From an employer’s point of view, someone who has been out of a job for six months, or two years, raises too many uncomfortable red flags. But if you show that you were at least willing to be gainfully employed, that is a plus.
An employer will understand if you had to detour for a brief period to pay the bills. An employer will understand that overnight security, or nonprofit volunteer work, is not what you are about. An employer may not understand why you did not or could not work for one year.
I know being unemployed is hard. But overcoming it means doing things that may seem even harder.Â But do it, you must.