On Friday, we discussed the first two steps to getting back to work. While we think that the first two ideas are great, they don’t always work. Besides sending out applications, or standing out on the side of the road like this gentleman, we have the last 3 of our 5 job finding ideas. We hope these help, and good luck in your search!
A common misconception is that internships are without pay. This can be the case, but often there is some form of compensation (albeit, generally modest). Internships are a great way to get a foot in the door, and that can be priceless. If you can show enough heart, and determination, interning can even get you over some of those education hurdles.
Interning can be a tough decision to make because it will generally mean less income, but if you can tough it out and end up with a real position, then you can definitely come out ahead in the long run. Some people use unemployment, and interning as a means to do what they didn’t have the bravery to do before.
Was there a dream job that you always wanted to pursue, but just couldn’t take the leap? Maybe this is your chance! Maybe interning will get you over all of the hurdles that originally made you think you couldn’t do it, or that it was too risky.
4. Temporary Agencies
There is a certain stigma to temp agencies, but I can assure you that their money is just as green. Temp Agencies are hired out by companies to fill job positions, much like a head hunter, but they fill jobs in a lot of different companies. The advantage to a temp agency is that there is variety in companies, and more job options.
Another reason why a temp agency is a good option is because if the company that they put you with likes you, then you may end up with a permanent job offer. I know a couple of people, including my own sister, who has used a temp agency and had multiple permanent offers.
She eventually landed a job that she loves by doing the ordinary thing: filling out an application and attaching a resume. Had she not gotten her current job though, she would have had other options!
5. Daily Pay
This might overlap slightly with the previous suggestion, but there are many daily pay options available out there. The two that immediately come to mind for me are day labor companies, and newspaper sales. Day labor companies will often have some low skill construction jobs available, and maybe some moderate skilled ones for more pay.
It may not be much, but as a last resort, it can put money in your pocket when you might not have been making any. As for the newspaper salesman, you may have seen them if they’re not illegal in your area. They stand in the medians of our roads holding up papers for sale.
I interviewed one of them one day and he told me how the whole thing works. He shows up in the morning, a truck drops off the papers to him for free, he sells them and takes every penny home. He said that selling the papers every weekend provided enough income to pay his mortgage.
The newspaper company makes the money by increasing readership, which helps them sell advertisements in the paper, and the salesman takes home all of the money that he makes!
So, there you have it. Between How to find a job part 1 and part 2, there are 5 ideas to help try and get you back into the workforce. Subscribe to our RSS Feed now to keep updated! We hope that these help you out in your job search and pray the best for you and your family.