I Have to Find a Job, but…

by Easter on November 28, 2011

Whenever I hear someone say, “I have to find a job, but” the words that follow are always words of fear and self-doubt. Yes the job market is tough right now and yes there is plenty of competition. If your you let the “but” or the fear paralyze you, then you will still be looking for a job months from now. Look to see what the “but” or fear is telling you.

There are a couple of fears I frequently hear. “I have to find a job, but I don’t have enough experience,” is a common concern. If you know this to be true, then take action. Is it only experience you need, or do you also need more education? If it is just experience, then volunteer somewhere where what you do will relate to the job you are seeking.

I know a woman who wants to work in medical billing. She is currently volunteering at a hospital. If you are in school getting a teaching certificate, improve your chances of getting hired by volunteering at your local Boys and Girls Clubs of America. If you want to work in a veterinarian office, then volunteer at an animal shelter. You can put in just an hour a week of volunteering, so the excuse of not enough time is just an excuse.

Your words of, “I have to find a job, but I don’t have the skills” means you need more education. The woman who is volunteering at the hospital is also signed up to take medical billing classes at a local community college. Many people over 50 are behind in their computer skills and would greatly benefit in getting up to date. Your local community college offers classes to help. I live in Indiana and we have Ivy Tech Community College, which offers many self enrichment classes and programs that can help update your skills.

Pay attention to what concern you have about your job search and do something about it. Volunteer to get experience toward the job you want and take some courses if you need more education. When you take action you can state with confidence, “I have to find a job and I am volunteering and taking a class to improve my skills, so I will get hired.” You are now on the road to landing your job!

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