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Are you unemployed or unhappy with your current job? You would like to land a decent job but you seem to be out of luck. You tried again and again and nothing seems to work? Life is not easy for those who look for a job. However, giving up is the worst thing you can do at this moment. Maybe you should just try a different angle. This article explains a few different approaches. So, hear us out.

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The best strategy is to combine different ways to look for a job.

Friends and family have your best interest in mind

This is a good way to start looking for a job. Friends and family are the people who know you best and who would never recommend something unless they think it is a good choice. Therefore, talk to the people you trust first and let them know you are looking for a job, especially those who work in your preferred industry. Also, many companies like to give a chance to someone their loyal employees recommend.

Online networking sites will help you look for a job

Visit online networking sites and create accounts. Your potential employer will appreciate that you are interested in the job market. It does not matter if you haven’t graduated yet. It is never too early to see what’s out there. This will help you build your social network and stay informed on job offerings. Select the industries and companies you would like to explore and join online discussion groups. Follow the employers you are interested in and comment on their posts. Keep your comments professional and you’ll have a good chance of getting noticed.

Stand out from the crowd looking for a job

Every employer has certain criteria. Job requirements are normally clearly specified and that’s great. What most candidates think is that it is enough to tick every box. Meeting the criteria is just the starting point. What you need to do is find a way to stand out from the rest of the candidates. You need to “sell yourself” and convince the employer they should pick you and not someone else with the same qualifications. Impersonal CVs and cover letters will not be memorable. Be creative and certainly don’t just copy and paste them. Think about it – your application says a lot about you as a future employee. So, try to show how much effort you are willing to invest.

Make yourself seen

Obviously, you should follow job listings, but you also need to take it a step further. Focus on the companies you would like to work for and send your CV and an excellent cover letter even if the available positions do not match your qualifications and interests. Thus, you will put yourself on the map. The fact that they are hiring means that there may be more job openings in the future and one of them may be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Self-confidence is the best tool for those looking for a job.

Learn about the company

Show your potential employers that you have done your research before applying for the job. When you look for a job, you should learn as much as possible about the company you are interested in. Get to know who they are and what they do. Not only will it help you determine if they are the right match, but it will also bring you extra points with the employer should you decide to apply.

Broaden your horizons

Give relocation a thought

Your hometown is not the only place in the world to live and work. Do not let that narrow your choice. Moving for work is not unusual. If you find a job you like in another city or state, go for it. So what if you have never lived in a big city? Who says you won’t fit in? Big cities like NYC offer more job opportunities in almost all industries you can think of. For example, many people consider moving to Manhattan a dream come true. Not only does it mean being close to some of the world’s most successful companies, but also the world’s best shopping and entertainment.  

Try a new profession when you look for a job

Times are changing at a fast pace and so is the job market. There are some new professions out there you have not even heard of. Technology is usually the reason behind this change. So, go beyond what you are familiar with when you look for a job. Pursuing a career that is less traditional is a good idea as there may be less competition.

How about an internship?

We know you are trying to look for a job, a real, paid job. Still, an internship may easily lead to getting a proper job.  Although no one wants to work for free, sometimes, it’s worth it. If the internship is paid – even better (although it rarely pays well). If the company doesn’t decide to keep you, you can at least gain experience, new skills, and contacts.  There are many internships across the country, especially in big cities like NYC. Give your movers NYC a call and kick off your career. 

Start your own business

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There are many organizations and websites dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs start their own business.

Yes, it is risky. Yes, you need money. This may seem like a terrifying idea, especially if you are fresh out of college. Nevertheless, it could be the best decision of your life. It does take a lot of courage, discipline, and motivation though. So, explore your options, find out what kind of companies are in demand and what the best cities for starting one are. Moving may be necessary to start a successful company. If you play your cards right, you may not need a ton of money for doing all this. However, you need to have a good financial plan and prepare your moving budget on time. In case it does not work out after a year or two, you can look for a job somewhere else. And have no regrets. Even if you eventually give it up, it will look good on your CV, plus, it will be a priceless learning experience.

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011