We’ve just started another run of Employability workshops at the university, and – in these dire times – are chuffed to find that over half our last cohort have found jobs.
Not claiming total credit, I do think we’ve unearthed some unconventional but effective tactics. Please share these with anyone you know who is job-seeking. Currently, you get a free pdf Interview Checklist when you subscribe here.
- Energy, time and imagination are what’s required when jobs and money are in short supply. Schedule one event in your diary every day to help with this – even if it’s just walking a neighbour’s dog. Do something physical and get outside.
- Hang out near places you would like to work and stalk your potential colleagues lunchtime. Get chatting to people and ask their for advice. This is your best source of accessing that 80% hidden job market.
- Produce online content that reveals technical skills and knowledge and other talents. No one can argue with the tangible and evident.
- Sign up for free training courses which are government funded and study your nearest university’s website for interesting lectures and free events, to combine learning and networking.
- Isolation is your biggest enemy. You may be better off taking low paid or volunteer interim work than staying home alone, stewing.
- Why not set-up a community initiative with other job-seekers if it suits you? You will be making something happen…
- You can’t spend too much time imagining the point-of-view of a prospective employer – or researching it, either…
- Could you write a press release for where you want to work? Even if it just their ‘state of the nation’ annual address.
- Read Altucher Confidential if you want inspiration with humour
- And like he says, start doing aspects of the job you want in one guise or another – even if it’s just going to the library everyday to work 10-6 on your job search and meeting a friend for lunch.
- Go bananas helping people solve their problems and equip yourself to do this; soon problem-solving vibes will start to ooze out of your every pore…
- Become a futurologist in your sector. Beef up on threats and opportunities in it and scenario generate for the future. Your research could position you well for a future role.
- Why not plan a business of some description to fit these future scenarios? Talk about it, test it, try it out as a little pilot online…
Finally at the top here, and as you’ve probably gathered, is the video and coach-yourself book to go with the Employability programme which runs into next year, for job-seeker graduates in Wales.