In today’s difficult economic climate, it can be hard waiting for a job to find you. So, why not be pro-active and get out and about getting yourself known. The best and easiest way to do this is to get your resume written up and print off lots of copies. Take with you as many as you can possibly can – in a briefcase if you are walking or taking the bus. If you are going to drive round, then take a box-full on your car seat.
Now, you may feel that you only want to work in a certain industry sector, which is fine. However in the current economic climate you may find there are not enough employment opportunities in your chosen field. If this is the case you will need to change focus and see what employment you can find in any sector. This is where getting out there will count. With your resume printed and ready the next step is going to be the longest and probably most disheartening part- but do not give up.
With your resume printed and in your hand, visit retailers and premises in your immediate area. Speak to the proprietor or manager and ask if they have any vacancies. Not all businesses will put a “help wanted” sign in the window. Be polite and make sure you apologise for bothering them.
Explain your situation, that you are currently seeking employment and wondered if they may have any positions available. Offer them a copy of your resume for their perusal and to keep. They may state that currently there are no vacancies and thank you for enquiring. It may be that they do have something but need to read through your resume. Now, if they wish to do so, you may on paper look over qualified; this is the point you would bring into the conversation that you may appear over qualified according to your resume but you are willing to take a pay reduction for a position within their company and that you would be a fast and willing worker. At this point, you should thank them for their time and say that you look forward to hearing from them.
You should visit each and every retailer and business premises within your local area and this includes heading to the shopping malls and repeating the above process. Paying a visit in person shows potential employers that you are willing to go the extra mile in everything you do, which is a great quality in an employee. Once you have visited the malls and other businesses in your area, start to go outside of your immediate area. This is much easier of course if you have a vehicle or can borrow one or get a lift.
You can spread further afield with your resume and try businesses related to your current or previous sector. Do not get disheartened if nothing appears to be happening straight away. The point to remember is that you have made the effort to get out there and get your resume noticed. So, when a position becomes available the business will remember your visit to them, having kept your resume on file. They will give you a call to see if you are still looking for employment no doubt.