Many of you out there need a job. Any job.
I get that. During the summer of 1995, I needed a job. I connected with someone at my school who found a vacancy within a Human Resources department. It was an unfilled HR internship.
The rest is history.
Here are some things you can do to find a job. Any job.
- Look at a map and identify businesses near your home. I like using Google Maps for this exercise. Type in your home address on the map (e.g., 235 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017) and then enter in some key words: department stores, car dealerships, furniture stores, ice cream parlors, pharmacies. You get the idea. Select the search nearby button. The google string will look something like this: department stores loc: 235 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017 You can hit the ground running and fill out applications in your best business casual attire and bring your resume. (Yes, bring your resume when you apply for retail jobs.)
- Create an account at LinkUp or Indeed and don’t be picky about your alerts. Can you work in an administrative role? Can you do something entry-level? Explore jobs that you wouldn’t normally consider.
- Look at the Craigslist job boards. There are some crazy jobs out there, but it’s a good resource for people (you) who are unemployed and have all kinds of flexibility — and can work alternative hours.
- Consider babysitting. It’s expensive to secure decent & safe childcare. If you know someone who has young children and is in a bind, offer your services for cash.
- Tell people you are available for work. Go to church, temple, the doctor’s office, the post office, etc., and tell people you are looking for a job. You would be surprised at how some people learn about opportunities. It’s those random moments that often turn into gold.
- Don’t forget staffing agencies. Companies like Kelly Services are uniquely positioned to find temporary and permanent jobs. They cover many areas such as clerical, scientific, and healthcare. If you can use Word and Excel, and if you look okay, a staffing agency can find you a temporary job. Use the google map tip (above) to find the nearest staffing agencies and register with all of them.
I know some of you have done these things (and more) and you can’t find a job. Ask a Manager and I are big fans of volunteering. It’s important to give back — even during your desperate & lowest moments. Find a charitable organization that is supported by several local companies and go spend some time doing great work.
What else are you doing with your time? Spending seven hours each day on the internet and career websites waiting for magic to happen?
It won’t. Go make your own magic happen.