- Do work experience – offer to do a couple of weeks free trial so that the employer can see your skills and abilities.
- Take almost any job that you offered as it is easier to get a job if you are already employed.
- Be ready to take on lower skilled jobs if you can’t find any vacancies in your specialist area.
- Continually bombard employers and employment agencies with letters and phone calls. They may give you a job to get you off their back!
- Make sure that your resume and application are relevant to the job you are applying for.
There is some value in my suggestions however I see them from a different perspective today.
Nearly three years ago I gave up my well paid, mid-level job in Government with the intention of moving to the country and picking up some part-time work. After-all, I have worked hard and have lots of skills to offer, don’t I?
When I left the environment I knew so well, I found it was tougher than I expected. The people I worked with in the past knew my reputation and experience. Even a written referee doesn’t stand up with an employer who knows nothing at all about you and what you can or can’t do.
I decided to take my own advice and get some temporary, low skilled work with the idea that once I am in a job, my chances will be better. What I didn’t realise is that some lower skilled jobs are quite difficult to do if you have never done them before. I kept wanting to take on some bigger tasks in the organisation so that I could prove my skills. When I was able to do that, I felt a little cheated that I was still only being paid for a low skilled job. I went around in circles!
As for me, I am now self-employed and much happier all round, but it took a while for it all to come together. What are your thoughts or experience in seeking employment?
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