Whether you are unhappy with your current job or you are jobless and looking for the next opportunity, this process can really be a downer. People tend to get discouraged and give up when an opportunity can be right under their nose.
There are couple questions to ask yourself while job searching. First of all, do you have enough money in savings to get by for a few months if you don’t find a job in a timely manner? Is there anyone close to you that could help you financially if you can’t find a job? What kind of debts do you have, if any? These are all questions that can help set a good foundation for your months to come just in case you can’t find a job. Continue reading to learn ten ways to stay positive and build your resume while job searching.
Stay Put For A While
• Although it is tempting to leave at the first bait, think through an opportunity.
• If you are miserable, and you are paying for it in more ways than one (your health, relationships, etc.), it is time to consider something new.
• Do not quit your job before you have something else lined up. Having a gap on your resume does not look good.
• Getting a side job or smaller “gig” that is somewhat related to your job (or the job you are seeking) can be a real resume booster.
• Join an online platform that connects employees to potential companies who are seeking workers. A company like For example, UpWork makes freelancing easy for writers looking for work.
• Freelancing is a great way to build your resume when you can’t find a job.
Helps others help you!
• Getting involved in the latest sharing economy is a great way to get an additional income that doesn’t require too much hard work
• Even if your involvement in the sharing economy isn’t directly related to your current or potential job, it is a great way to bring in extra money.
• Working for a company like Uber or Lyft allows you to pick your own shifts and start or stop whenever you need to. This offers great flexibility to people who need to squeeze in a side job to their current schedule.
School is Cool!
• This can be dangerous. Do not go out and seek another degree unless you are financially sound or get some kind of scholarship.
• If you aren’t financially able, this can just lead to more debt.
• Oftentimes, an extra degree can put you ahead of the competition; so if you can afford it and have time for it, consider night classes or online courses to put you ahead of the game.
• Networking is an important part to most jobs in today’s society.
• Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and get your name known.
• Although you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure (family and friends), oftentimes those people have connections that can help land you a job. Utilize your resources!
Get a Recruiter!
• One of the most annoying parts of looking for a new job is the looking parts. It is tedious, time consuming, and repetitive. This is often what causes people to give up.
• If you hire a recruiter, they do all of the hard work for you!
• They can also give you advice for ways to bulk up your resume in order to put you ahead of the competition.
Get in the Community
• Volunteering is a way for you to try new things without getting let go. It is essentially risk free.
• The only risk here is your time. Only take part in volunteer positions that are worthy to you. You don’t want to waste time on something you are not passionate about.
• Also, volunteering looks good on a resume, and this can speak volumes about your character before you even get to an interview.
Consider Your Skills
• Although it is always good to have high expectations, sometimes this can keep you from finding a job completely. Keep an open mind and lower your standards if you can’t find a job.
• Although this can be a scary decision, relocating can be the most rewarding part of job searching.
• Oftentimes, you continue to look at similar companies in your city because it is all you know. If you relocate, it allows you to branch out more than normal.
• Some companies offer incentives if you are willing to relocate!
• Easier said than done, right? Just continue to apply, apply, apply!
• The more you can get your name out there, the more chances you are of finding a job.
• Take advantage of the skills you do possess, and let them shine for each job you apply for.