by guest author, Derek Goodman
If your hours have been cut or you’ve been laid off you may be scrambling to earn some extra money to replace your lost income and pay for necessities. If you’re at a loss about how to get started in this process, read on for some tips and tricks to find new ways you might even enjoy.
Boost Your Resume
Your first task when finding a new job is to boost your resume. Go through your resume carefully, marking places that are out of date or inaccurate. Then add new jobs and skills to your resume. Be meticulous about grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting. Your resume provides the first impression to a potential employer, and you want that impression to be a good one.
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Identify Your Skills
Now take some time to make a list of all your skills. Include those that you have used in previous jobs, but also jot down skills that you use in your favorite hobbies or tasks you’ve always done especially well. Maybe you are good at organizing, for instance, or perhaps you are a fast typist. You might know a lot about social media or travel. You may be an exceptional writer, or you might have a knack for catching errors in other people’s writing. Perhaps you’re even an excellent teacher.
Don’t sell yourself short. Your skills can be marketable, and they can point you in the direction of your new career. You might find your new position as a personal assistant, a tutor, a freelance writer, a transcriptionist, or an editor. Put your skills to work!
Search for Jobs
When you have narrowed down the kinds of jobs you would like to apply for, your next step is to start your job search. There are a number of online sites that you can visit to get you started. If you are looking for something full-time or part-time in your area, try a local job site as well as standard sites like Indeed, FlexJobs, Monster, and LinkedIn. If you are thinking more in terms of freelance work, check out sites geared toward freelancing or working at home. These are especially useful if you are looking for a side gig or two to help you over this difficult time, but they could also lead to a full-time career.
Go Back to School
You might also consider returning to school to earn a degree that would allow you to pursue a whole new career path. If you want to work in law enforcement, the court system, or security, for instance, you might pursue a criminal justice degree. Online programs allow you to study even as you work and manage your other responsibilities. Just be sure to choose an accredited program with competitive tuition.
Earn Some Money
When you’ve boosted your resume, identified your skills, searched for jobs, and considered schooling, jump into your new job with confidence, and earn some money. If you find yourself struggling with your resume, consider getting some help from Career Resumes.
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About the author: Derek Goodman is an entrepreneur. He’d always wanted to make his own future, and he knew growing his own business was the only way to do that. He created his site Inbizability, to offer you tips, tricks, and resources so that you realize your business ability and potential now, not later.