28. Consider alternative strategies for job search

Feeling stuck in your job-searching process?<br>
<br>
If the things you've been trying haven't been snaring interviews or even nibbles for jobs you have your eye on, then consider these alternative strategies:<br>
<br>
&bull; Try taking on a project or freelance work for a reduced fee or on a contract basis to prove yourself to a prospective employer. When business picks up, you already have a foot in the door.<br>
<br>
&bull; Consider opportunities at small businesses. While small businesses are also suffering in this recession, they have more leeway in negotiating pay and job duties than large employers.<br>
<br>
&bull; Expand your network beyond your immediate industry. Try reaching out to suppliers and customers.<br>
<br>
&bull; Craft a marketing plan to make sure the message about your career and accomplishments is clear and what you want to project to potential employers.<br>
<br>
&bull; Volunteer at professional organizations that match your expertise and attend conferences to strengthen your networking skills.<br>
<br>
&bull; Think about transferring your private-sector skills and expertise to nonprofit or government jobs. The federal government is hiring.<br>
<br>
<i>--Hanah Cho</i>

( Nick Madigan, Baltimore Sun / May 9, 2009 )

Feeling stuck in your job-searching process?

If the things you've been trying haven't been snaring interviews or even nibbles for jobs you have your eye on, then consider these alternative strategies:

• Try taking on a project or freelance work for a reduced fee or on a contract basis to prove yourself to a prospective employer. When business picks up, you already have a foot in the door.

• Consider opportunities at small businesses. While small businesses are also suffering in this recession, they have more leeway in negotiating pay and job duties than large employers.

• Expand your network beyond your immediate industry. Try reaching out to suppliers and customers.

• Craft a marketing plan to make sure the message about your career and accomplishments is clear and what you want to project to potential employers.

• Volunteer at professional organizations that match your expertise and attend conferences to strengthen your networking skills.

• Think about transferring your private-sector skills and expertise to nonprofit or government jobs. The federal government is hiring.

--Hanah Cho

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