Job Hunting: What To Do When You’re Really Desperate

Job hunting when you’re desperate can spur you to greater creativity and effort or give you that desperation aura any interviewer will immediately identify.  If your unemployment or severance runs out in a month and you have gone through savings with big expenses coming up, what can you do to speed up the process?

job hunting tips

Get a minimum wage job, any job, working evenings.  Remember, this is about money.  Unless your cash flow improves immediately you are going to come across as desperate which will make you less desirable regardless of your credentials.  They’re opening a new store in your area?  Apply.  Stocking shelves for Target for a few weeks or months won’t kill you and it doesn’t have to go on your resume — unless you are offered a much better job there in a short period of time.

Re-contact everyone who turned you down over the past months.  You have a one in 15 chance of getting re-interviewed because the person they hired has already left or been booted.  Job hunters don’t like this advice but that doesn’t change the potential positive outcome.

Give a call to everyone in your trade/professional association you haven’t talked to in one month.  Ask who should you be talking to.  If you talk to 60 people this will turn up at least three new leads.  Always leave a message explaining what you want.  If you don’t you won’t get a return call.

Go on-line and send a message to HR at your top 100 organizations.  If you hear back from five you will not have wasted your time.

Source and contact 25 people you’ve never talked to.  Get the names from the trade press.  Make telephone calls and leave messages.  You will get three to five return calls.

Spend two more hours per day on your search.  No one with the power to hire you is working an eight-hour day.  Why are you?

Spend several hours, seven days a week on the social media, especially LinkedIn.  If you don’t know how to do that get help.

Sounds like a lot of work for very little return but it’s not.  You are looking for one good job, not 20.

Finally, psych yourself up with the promise that you won’t do this again for years.  That will give you extra energy to click on another cylinder.

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