So you say there aren't any jobs available right now- companies have a hiring freeze or they just laid off people. It just isn't true. There are jobs. We just have to develop a heightened sense of alertness and get creative.
Last year I bought a Prius. I did a lot of research and test drove one. I had to wait several months before it was delivered and during those several months of waiting, I saw more people driving Prius' than I had seen before. I also saw it in colors I hadn't known existed. Were there more of them on the road? Maybe, but I also had a heightened sense of alertness.
Could this also be said for possible employment opportunities? As a career sherpa, I hear about hundreds of jobs a week, so I know they are out there. The trick for the seeker is to use all available resources to uncover possibilities. How, you might ask? Here are some ways in which I hear about jobs:
- Use a broad reaching job search engine like www.indeed.com
- Join at attend in person networking events. In Rochester, we have many just for job seekers such as The August Group; New Horizons, ABCPNG, G-TEN, and Power networking at Cole&Parks. (For more info on the unlinked, ask people you know when and where they meet).
- Join professional associations or groups that meet to discuss issues important to your future.
- Fully utilize LinkedIn to connect with previous employees and join or start discussions and join groups. Sure, there are postings on LinkedIn, but its real purpose is to connect people.
- Join on-line communities or groups of job seekers and for like-professionals. Secrets of the Job Hunt, RUNG
- View recruiter websites and blogs
I am sure there are other things career enthusiasts do to monitor the workplace, let me know what you do.
While no single step listed above will guarantee a job, it does create the awareness you need to have. Opportunities will present themselves if you are open to the possibilities.