This article discusses specific job search skills and why they are important to preppers. The notion of being self-sufficient, living off the land, and getting off the grid may be appealing, but this individual found that it required $1,500.00 and six months of effort for him to produce a chicken sandwich.
According to the Millennial Generation Research Review, by the year 2020, approximately half of all jobs will be in the form of short-term contracts, freelance employment, and temporary assignments. That means that more of those who are in the work force will be searching for new jobs much more often than they are today. Because many of those who are in the work force will be relying upon their Job search skills more often, they should attempt to improve those skills as much as possible.
It is easy to become depressed over the lack of job security. A positive outlook, however, will help job seekers to prevent this depression that can be detrimental to a job search. Job seekers should remind themselves that each job is giving them new skills and knowledge that will increase their qualifications for future jobs. Those who are in the same jobs for decades will not learn as much or be as well qualified. Another way for job seekers to prevent depression during their job hunts is to make special efforts to take care of their health. Job search support groups also help job seekers to keep their morale high.
The best way to search for another job is to search for it and get it while still employed in the job that soon will be lost. Those who are in the company grapevine usually will know sooner than other employees if and when there will be a company layoff of workers, as well as how extensive that layoff might be. Knowing about a layoff well ahead of time allows for the possibility of obtaining another job before the layoff. It is important, however, to know how to gracefully leave one job for another job.
When the layoff occurs before employees have found other jobs, those who are unemployed will be without paychecks until they can get new jobs. The unemployed job searchers who have enough saved money to get through their periods of unemployment will not be so desperate that they will take any job, no matter how far below the level of the job they have lost.
One of the best ways to get a job is to be highly qualified for it. Thus, lifelong learning is very important. How can a person know ahead of time what knowledge and skills will be required for future jobs? Interviewing for information is one way. The Occupational Outlook Handbook is another way. Also, there are some skills and knowledge that can be valuable in most careers. Those who pursue lifelong learning can do so after work at many community colleges. Most employees also can add to their qualifications by taking the company sponsored training that their supervisors recommend. Finally, by taking and passing CLEP Tests, many such testers can get college credit for skills and knowledge that they already possess.
Networking is a valuable skill for job seekers. Examples of valuable networking goals might include the intention to network with fellow members of clubs and organizations to which the job seekers belong as well as the intention to network with fellow worshipers at the job seekers’ places of worship. Some job seekers are fortunate enough to have a mentor who might be well connected in job networks, and who might put their mentees into contact with employers who can hire them.
Many other factors can help job seekers to find jobs. Some hobbies, for example, can improve the job skills of job seekers. In addition, volunteering can help job seekers to gain additional job skills and good work references. Furthermore, being open to career mobility can give job seekers an expanded number of jobs for which they can apply. Finally, having professional looking social media web sites can impress potential employers who research the social media web sites of their job applicants.
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