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With so many people flooding the job market looking for an opening, any opening at all for which they might be suited, simply emailing out resumes is not enough. To get work, particularly a well-paid job in your field, you need to do more and you need to be proactive. Get creative and try things that may not pay out in the immediate, but which can help increase your job prospects for the future. Networking, volunteer work, calling hiring managers, and other inspired ideas will help you get your foot in the door at companies that might just need what you have to offer.
Doing volunteer work is not simply a way to do good and to keep yourself busy during unemployment. Volunteer work, if chosen thoughtfully, can actually help you find a paying job. Find a way to volunteer doing work that will hone or enhance your skills. For instance, if you are looking for a job in public relations, offer to do some free PR for a non-profit. If you belong to a professional organization, find out if they have volunteer opportunities in which you can participate. This can be a great way to network with people in your field.
Update and Customize your Resume
No one enjoys doing it, but keeping your resume fine-tuned is essential. Do not simply keep handing out the same resume to each company for months at a time. Update it to include any new experiences, such as volunteer work, certifications, coursework, or anything else that may be relevant. Also take the time to customize your resume for different positions. This will look more enticing to an employer than a generic or generalized resume.
Use Social Media
Today’s job market is vastly different than it was even just a few years ago. The way we communicate is always changing, and at the moment, social media sites are prominent. Use them to your advantage in your job search by connecting with potential employers. Many companies are using social media more and more, not just as marketing tools, but also to find new and talented workers. Build your social media presence and contact the companies for which you hope to work. Just remember to keep your profile and statuses professional and focused.
Don’t Wait for Openings
Instead of surfing job boards for posted positions, think about whom you want to work for and then pitch that company. Instead of waiting for openings, carve out a job that you feel you could do. Your dream employer may have a job in mind that has not yet been posted and your proactive approach