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Look for Work in Troubled Times

Look for Work in Troubled Times

Therese Droste | Monster Contributing Writer

Be the Problem Solver

Pick five companies you’ve heard good things about and do research to get a feel for them. Then see if there is any tie between what they are trying to do and what you have done in the past.

Once you figure out this connection, contact the hiring manager and present yourself as someone who can help solve the company’s problems. If you can identify the company’s business issues and then persuade the hiring manager you can help the company with them, you will ultimately get hired.

It’s best to tie your presentation to numbers or other results when possible. Say something like, “I want to work for you. Here is what I can do for you and where my skills complement yours. I’m the best researcher you’ll ever find. I can save you X amount of time completing your proposals.”

Keep Up with Business Trends

Start expanding your information repertoire. You’ve never picked up a Wall Street Journal? Now’s the time to get savvy about which companies are doing well. Besides, ignorance never pays off.

Volunteer and Expand Your Network

Perhaps you’ve been meaning to volunteer at the local children’s hospital, zoo or museum. Now’s the time. In addition to feeling better about yourself, you’ll meet new people you would never have come across before. And people know people who know people who can help you get a job, so let everyone you come in contact with know you’re job hunting. And who knows? Maybe a full-time position will open up at the organization for which you’re volunteering.

Just remember that it only takes a few steps to open new doors and avenues. Be creative in how you approach your job hunt.

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