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There’s nothing quite as painful as unemployment with no prospects. If you’re unemployed, you are aware of the toll it can take on you. Whether you were fired or laid off, there can be emotional feelings of rejection and a lack of confidence in your ability to do a good job. There are also those normal feelings of fear and anxiety because employment is the way a person is able to provide for their own well-being and their family. When the cash flow comes to a complete halt, it is time to reevaluate the financial situation and figure out how to make things work. Your first instinct usually involves you trying to figure out how to find a job fast.
If you have found yourself in this predicament, please do not go online and read those articles about people who were unemployed for months and months on end. Unemployment doesn’t have to be a way of life for you. It is possible to get back on your feet and provide for your needs effectively. It is important to become extremely strategic when you’re looking for a job. When it’s time to begin the job search, many people brush up their resumes and start applying to jobs like crazy. However, one of the best and most underused resources to find employment are the people in your inner circle. Your friends are important through this process for a few reasons.
Anyone in the working world will confirm that it’s not always what you know but who you know. Networking and making connections are vital for success. A popular quote says that no man is an island. This is especially true when that man wants a job. Even though it may be embarrassing at first, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and tell your friends what’s going on. You don’t necessarily need to tell them how you lost your job if you don’t want to. However, what’s most important is that you share that you’re on the market and you’re looking for paid employment. Ask them if they know about anyone who is looking.
In addition to asking your personal connections, log on to Facebook. Most people might turn a blind eye if you post a status sharing that you need a job. However, not everyone will. There are people who know of others who are hiring. It doesn’t hurt to try. If your Facebook friends list has at least 200 people on it, there are at least five people who will respond with a direct connection that they know of. All you need is one job. Don’t be afraid to post a Facebook status. All you need to say is that you’re looking for a great job. Let people know that if they have any leads, they should send you a direct message in your inbox and take it from there. You’d be surprised how many people know of leads and are willing to help someone else out, even if it’s just an acquaintance through Facebook. If you’d like to know how to find a job fast, try this effort first.
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“Iron sharpens iron,” so does one man do for another. No matter who your friends are, you should be able to learn from them and get a helpful perspective when you need it. The same applies to the job hunt. If you walked out of the bathroom with toilet paper stuck to your shoe or if you were walking around with a booger hanging from your nose, you would want someone who cares to tell you. Many people walk around with hypothetical tissue paper or boogers stuck to their resumes.
When you’ve written your own resume, it can be hard for you to see what improvements should be made in order to get great results. It’s also very easy to overlook simple spelling and grammatical errors. While these might be simple errors, they usually stand out to a potential employer and don’t look very good. In order to keep your resume from closing the door to your own success, have a few friends look it over. If you have any friends who are good writers and editors, have them look over the resume and make the necessary changes. Sometimes, it’s not enough to rely on the spell checker in your word processing program or editing software. There are times when another pair of human eyes is helpful to replace weak words with power words and turn a resume into a shining and strong representation of the work you can do and the expertise you can offer to a company.
Good friends are also important because they can help you find yourself. If you really think about it, your thoughts can get in your own way. Unless you have really high self-esteem, it is easy to doubt yourself and your abilities. A good friend will stand in the gap and help you find your strengths and harness them for a great career. Many times, the things we’re good at are right under our noses. However, because we do them so well, we don’t notice the impact that those skills possess.
Sometimes it takes someone on the outside to see that particular strength and encourage us to pursue a career that allows or encourages the use of that strength. If you are in a position where you’ve been fired from a job because you weren’t good at it, now is a good time to take a look at yourself and do some research. Within that research, reach out to friends and loved ones. Ask them what they think you’re good at. You’d be surprised at the answers you might get. After asking multiple people, take a look at the answers that seem to be the same. Use the similar answers as a starting point to find what job will fit those strengths. It might mean that you have to start in a new field. However, when you work in the area that you’re strongest in, this is a great way to find employment and keep it for the long haul.
Author Bio: Paul Langdon is the Job Connection Program Manager. Langdon joined Goodwill Industries in 2013 and has worked tirelessly in the employment program to help people find work.