We all know across the country how the stock market has been declining at a rapid rate. The GOP and the Democratic Party are at serious odds with each other and there has been no real positive movement regarding the national deficit. There have been minor solutions to the dilemma; however, instead of more jobs being created across the country for the general populous, there has been a decrease in morale and a decrease in prospective career opportunities for anyone.
As dismal as this sounds,here are some tips, if you are willing to try them, to help you get through these times. However; do not lose sight of your goals. You may think you have to settle for a mediocre career, but this is not so. Things might look hopeless at the moment, but, things can change and you should always strive for what you want out of a career and not let the current job market trends keep you from getting what you really want. It may take some time right now and patience is key. Don’t forget to always stay positive and do things to keep you motivated, such as visits with family and friends. Here are three ideas you can get started on, now.
Education. Most people don’t realize it’s easier to go to school than they think. If one took the time to visit a college campus and ask questions, you will find there is opportunity to start fresh and take classes to help you in your career endeavor. For instance, while you are waiting for a higher-paying job, taking computer classes or English classes to improve yourself can pay off enormously. For example, if you take a job at say $12. per hour, based on your general computer knowledge, if you took some advanced classes to keep up with current trends or Business or English classes to help you with letter writing skills or professionalism in the business world, you would be able to qualify yourself upwards of $16. to $26. per hour, maybe more. Think about it, if you improve your skills and hire-ability level, it will be easier for you to achieve your goal. Two things: It may take some time; from possibly three months to six months, maybe less or maybe a little more time, but you are investing in yourself. Also, financial aid is available to anyone who qualifies. Visit www.fasfa.com or talk to the local college campus and they will be more than happy to help you. Financial aid can literally pay for your tuition, books and anything else you might need. Of course, it depends on each individual.
Volunteer. This may seem trite, but volunteering really works. It takes your mind off the stress of looking for a job and also helps you be around people so your social and team-player skills are current. It would help you to volunteer in the career field you are seeking, but any volunteering can help. You would also be able to put it on your Resume, which would increase your chances of getting your dream job later. Also, helping people helps you. It reminds you that the world is a big place and does not revolve around you and your job search. You can make friends and possible networking contacts for job prospects. Volunteering has endless possibilities in helping you advance your career. Visit www.springsgov.com or www.craigslist.com, www.csfineartscenter.org, visit the Humane Society, the local libraries and Universities in the area.
Research. With the joblessness in America today, of course, it affects Colorado Springs as well. Trends are changing fast. What was steadfast and true in a particular career five years ago, may not be true today. Research the current salary schedule for your particular interest. Go to www.salary.com/. This website has very helpful tips and is current on salaries for hundreds of jobs. Also, jobs today are very particular in skills and not as generalized and varied as before. Be open to new opportunities, such as truck driver, train conductor, dental assistant, retail store management, customer service specialist, and many more. Good jobs today require very unique responsibilities, skills and training/education. Research the various openings now and contemplate relocation to cities that have more job openings than others. You can always come back. And, the Springs, does have many jobs, there are just more seekers now than ever before.
For local jobs, visit www.craigslist.com. For local and national job listings, visit www.monster.com. For temporary-to-permanent job opportunities, visit www.manpower.com or www.sosstaffing.com. And, for local part-time openings, visit www.snagajob.com.