Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Slow month? Not in a job search.

This is the week we usually go out and find an event going on this month that is related to your job search. There wasn't much. There is, of course, always something going on. For example, next month Young Professionals Connection in Des Moines is holding a Networking 101 event, perfect for someone who is interested in networking but doesn't really know how. And next week, there is the IowaWORKS Job Fair that is held monthly at the Wallace Building downtown. There is always something, but nothing HUGE.

So, you might be thinking, "Good. I could use a break from the crazy events and non-stop job search". Stop thinking that, because a job search is just like a full-time job, and there is ALWAYS something to be done. Here are some ways you can busy yourself in the beginning of the year, before things really start picking up.



1. Join a group. You can join Young Professionals Connection, Net2Work, Unemployed In Des Moines, or find a board that is looking for new members. This is a good time to join, because the events are just getting started for that group, and you'll be able to get more active with the group and get your reputation within it off to the right start.

2. Volunteer. Volunteer. Volunteer. This is so important, and cannot be stressed enough. There are so many ways to volunteer, and if you don't have anything going on right now, it can fill that gap on your resume. Go out to VolunteerMatch and see what lines up with what you are looking for.

3. Open up to temp jobs.... We know this is scary for some of you, but it can make a lot of sense. If you have an interest in accounting or financial work, see about seasonal tax preparation positions. If you have an interest in IT- look into consulting. If you want to be a police officer, see if your local department is looking for reserve officers. It all is a foot in the door, and sometimes that is all it takes.

4. Start networking. Events are happening all the time that you can network at. You don't even need to be at an event to network, utilize social media and your own personal network. We all know people, so find someone who knows someone and see if they can connect you.

5. Get a mentor. While your building your connections, see if someone in your field would like to get coffee and ask them questions about your field. Build a relationship with you, because people love helping people. They also love talking about themselves, so take the opportunity to listen and learn.

These are all great ways to stay busy in this slow time of year. If you don't know how to do any of this, call Career Services! That's what we are here for! You can visit our About Us page to find out who you need to contact.

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