Finding a new full-time job can be tough in the current economy. Stephanie AuWerter, Contributing Editor of SmartMoney.com, has some tips for a successful hunt.
First, start your job hunt in the right place. Certain industries are in need of workers right now, like healthcare, education and green jobs. If you don't work in any of these fields, don't fret, "You may be able to transition," says AuWerter. Look for links to these fields. For example, if you work in advertising, look for ad jobs with a green company or in the healthcare industry.
If you can't make the transition, consider taking some classes to help you adjust. While this may mean debt, time and energy, AuWerter feels it's a good step in the right direction.
Also, don't overlook part-time work. "Many folks are reluctant to take on part-time work. They think it's beneath them or they think it's simply a distraction from finding full-time work, but it can be a great way to get your foot in the door," says AuWerter. Not only will you have some money coming in, but you'll make some great contacts along the way.
Another tip is to try to set yourself apart from the competition. "Volunteering in your local community - doing something that's relevent to your career," AuWerter adds, is a great way to boost your resume. She also suggests blogging. A professionally-minded blog can really help you put your name out there and connect with other professionals in your field.
Or, turn to professional social networking sites to make more contacts. AuWerter suggests www.LinkedIn.com or www.facebook.com. "Really work those connections," says AuWerter. "Once you have them, meet face-to-face over a cup of coffee and do tell them a little bit about yourself." People are more likely to back you up if they've met you in person.
Finally, absorb a pay cut. Once you do find a new job, it's likely that you'll be taking a lower salary than what you were making before. Find areas to cut back at home, sell one of your cars or consider moving to a less expensive area. It is possible to survive a pay cut with some careful planning.
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By Erin Petrun