Written by Greg Johnson
You see it on the news every day. You hear it on the radio and in conversation at the coffee shops. You do not have to go very far to hear negative news about the world and US economy. But the problem is, everyone is so focused on the millions of Americans that are unemployed that they aren’t looking at the 94% of Americans that DO have jobs.
With over 320 million people living in the US and the unemployment rate just under 6% – what makes you different from the millions of other people looking for work? There are jobs are out there and this article is going to equip you with the arsenal necessary to make sure that you stand out from the crowd.
Greg’s Top 10 Rules
Decide TODAY that you are going to get a job and eliminate all other options. While filing for unemployment might seem like the smart thing to do, more often then not it kills your drive to get a job. Once your drive is dead, you will stay unemployed longer, which makes your chances of getting a job decrease dramatically with the passing of time.
Change the way you look at your situation. You are not unemployed. Your new job is getting a job. Spend as much or more time replacing the lost job than you spent at the job you lost! Have an attitude that if you have to spend 40+ hours a week doing that, you will get a job!
Even if you have to take a job you consider beneath you, it is better to stay connected in the workforce with less pay than disconnected from the workforce with unemployment benefits (see step #1)
Do not listen to the hype and gossip that no one is hiring! There are always companies looking for hard working, solutions oriented people that can help their company grow. While there are millions of people without work, most companies have not gone out of business. Keep the attitude that you will find a job and stay away from other negative, unemployed people because they could contaminate your attitude.
Do not rely solely on your resume. Just because you have your resume on CareerBuilder, Monster, Dice, or any other number of job sites, a resume will not get you a job. A resume will never get you a job. Companies hire people, not resumes.
Do not rely solely on others to get you your next job. Staffing companies are an incredible source to place your resume in front of hiring managers; however, whether or not the recruiter can help you – the task stills falls to you to get your job. Take matters into your own hands and remember Rule #2
Rule # 7:
The fortune is in the follow up. Make sure you are always following up; whether that is with a recruiter or directly with the company. This communication will make you stand out immediately because it shows that you are excited and that you actually want the job. After an interview take 5 minutes to write a thank you email (not a letter because speed is crucial).
In the interview, do not just talk about what you have done in the past – talk about what you can do to help the company grow and achieve their goals. Sell yourself and your skills.
Never. Talk. Smack. There is no bigger turn off to a hiring manager than someone who is negative about their past employers or bosses. On that same note, do not tell them a story about how you were let go because your boss or co-worker had it out for you. You do not want to ever mention anything negative about your last position.
Get Engaged! Check the Apollo website and connect with us through our social media profiles regularly because we are ALWAYS posting new and exciting positions throughout the United States.