With the internet at our finger tips, we have so many options available to us, that often, we feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of positions available out there. We see the job market as ‘the land of plenty’, and feel demoralized when, after sending out many emails, we don’t receive any replies. If this continues for weeks, months or years, we may begin to feel we may never find employment, and even worse that we are not good enough to be employed. If you reach this point, and lose all hope, then you are really in trouble. You may give up on looking, let your appearance slip, which starts a cycle that is very hard to break. However, there is always hope. For those of you reading this who have found themselves in this position, or who are currently in this position, there is a way out. The tips I will be providing you with below, will assist new job seekers, frustrated job seekers, or those who have given up. You are not alone out there, you can enter, or re-enter the job market, and I’m here to help you do this.
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1. The first step is to start looking. As mentioned, with the huge amount of job sites on the internet, this can seem like a daunting task. However, you must remember that not all of these jobs are suited to you and you must at first focus on those you are qualified and experienced in. You should focus on what you are good at first, limit your scope, and put all your effort into tailoring your resume to those jobs in line with your education, experience and skills.
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On the other hand, experience in a variety of fields is never a bad thing. Some companies prefer an individual with eclectic skills, knowledge and experience, as this all adds a unique dynamic to their company. We have seen the benefits of this in the recent hiring of Angela Ahrendts, previously the chief executive of British luxury retailer Burberry Group, by Apple to head up its retail efforts. Handbags and IPhone’s seem miles apart, but it is the very fact that she is knowledgeable, and has displayed her talent and ability at Burberry, that Apple chose her. Hiring someone else from within Apple, someone with knowledge and skills at Apple, would’ve been the logical choice. However, Apple chose someone with experience in a different market, in order to bring a unique aspect to their company. Time will tell how this plays out, however the basic principle remains. Remember to work hard at the things you are good at, and work even harder at those you are not good at.
Another positive aspect of getting out of your comfort zone, is that you may discover skills, talents and abilities you never knew you had. This opens up a whole new range of opportunities for your future, and may in the end lead you in a direction better suited to you. Alternatively, this experience in a different industry may also help to make you more employable in your chosen industry, due to the fact that you have increased your skill set.
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