You inevitably can’t do a complete channel surf these days without hitting on some kind of DIY program. From rennovating your kitchen or bath to upgrading your dating life or turning your simple idea to a money making landslide. DIY is the trend that keeps on giving, except in your job search. This is one area of your life where having a little professional help can go a long, long way.
We’ve all been there filling out endless applications online and in person. Dressing up and prepping up for interview after interview only to not hear back. Face it, finding a job is a full time job; but at work, you have direction and structure. At work you have someone at the very minimum telling you where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. However when you are looking for work, there isn’t that person there helping, coaching, mentoring and motivating you to keep going.
DIY is not the way to go in a job search!
Now is the time to do a good hard review of the resources available to you. That means you need to step away from your computer and make a list of people you know that can help.
Who do you know in the industry?
- Do the people that can help you, know you are looking for a new position?
- Do they have an updated copy of your resume?
- Have you reached out to industry professionals for an informational interview?
- What networking opportunities are available in your area/industry?
- Have you asked your network to critique your resume?
- Friends, family, teachers, past co-workers, etc. you never know who may know someone you need to know.
I think the picture is getting clearer. You don’t have to go out and hire professional resume writer, although it may help. You don’t have to hire a career coach, however there are resources available that can assist you. Contact your local government job help organization, if you’re in school frequent your Career Services department. The point is, there is no reason to Do It Yourself! We aren’t talking a 2-day make over in your home; we’re talking about your future. This is not the time to try and go it alone, and the great thing is you don’t have to.
If anything good has come out of our recent recession it’s the recognition that job search skills and resources are a necessary part of every day life. Everyone needs a little assistance and direction sometimes.
That help can come in many forms:
- Your local Department of Economic Security or Workforce Development
- Educational assistance
- Local staffing agencies
- Reputable resume writing and career assistance organizations
Between your network of friends, family and associates and the availablity of public and private resources; you can turn this project from a to do into a done.
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One thought on “DIY is Cool, Except in Your Job Search.”
So true! The job search is tough. Finding a mentor to help you along the way is a great thing as well. Someone who will be helpful but also honest enough to assist you in the tough choices.