Being laid off can destroy your morale and you may even get burnout after one year of unsuccessful job hunting, especially if you are the main or only income in the family, you have kids, mortgage, or chronic sickness.
But you can suffer less by using some free strategies:
- Think like an entrepreneur. Define who you want to work for with multiple criteria to narrow your search. geography, company size, industry etc…
- Make an inventory of your current strengths, expertise, people you know and analyze the gap between what is required to get that job you want.
- Work on yourself, read books, learn new skills, new tools, meet people who offer almost free training courses or attend free webminars and other networking events where you can meet people who are in your target.
- Make one daily phone call, be patient, persistence will pay off but do speak to your contacts and even cold calling is better than being paralyzed by your fears.. What can happen anyway?
- Meet one new person weekly or attend a networking event
- Communicate how you can solve your target companies’ problems or help them grow. Put that on a separate document like a leaflet that you can give as handouts and build a blog (so easy, you have no excuse to not have one) Share your resume only if asked and use a lot of bullet points and white (means keep words at the minimum).
- Build your network continuously every day, add a minimum of one new contact in your Linkedin network or other network you use.
- Get Noticed: Build a personal brand online or off-line using social media that are used by your target audience. Be an expert in your field.
- Use professional business cards: using the back of your contact business card to give your contact information is not really giving a good impression. To avoid the stigma of being unemployed when going to networking events, I usually recommend to make a business card. Put contact information, eventually a business name that you like (you do not need to be a business owner to have a company name and register a domain name). Add a fancy job title that describes your ideal job, a link to your blog. You can get online, free business cards or for very low cost.