Finding A Job When You Need One

When you have to go out and look for a job, you want to get one requiring the skills you usually get paid for. Sometimes those skills may not be in demand. Rather than not working, you can look at all your strengths and skills to find needed jobs.

Many trainers will talk about making lists of what you have done, can do, and love to do. It is an excellent start to matching specific skills to jobs that need filling.

Many workforce centers and local community colleges offer a personality test (usually free) to help you determine what kinds of jobs you have a personality for. If you go to you can take an outstanding assessment for free. It only takes about 20 minutes to do it and get some ry

It is also good to seek feedback from trusted friends, family, or colleagues. Remember, when you are out of work and looking for a job, it is the time to let everyone know.

Try getting out and doing some volunteer work. Do some to get out and work with folks that will see you doing things. Do not let it take up all your time.

Keep a journal of what works well for you and what isn’t helping. Not everything works immediately, so have some patience.

Remember, it’s never too late to discover new talents and passions.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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