You have spent the past year or so papering the world with résumés and cover letters. Perhaps, you have managed to land a few interviews, however, you cannot seem to close the deal on getting hired.
Below are tips for kick-starting your employment prospects:
1. Find a source of income
Apply for part-time work at a local restaurant, start selling things on craigslist and/or ebay, and develop a couple of side hustles to get some money coming in the doors.
2. Reduce your living expenses
Consider taking on a roommate or temporarily moving in with family or friends whilst you get back on your feet. Make sure that all parties are clear on what expenses you are going to help with, house rules, and the duration of your stay.
3. Re-write the narrative of your résumé and cover letter
These days hiring managers are scanning for keywords in résumés and cover letters. Re-write your résumé and cover letter using key words for your specific industry. It is crucial that a potential employer see how your work experience and skillset will be an asset to their organization.
4. Build up your skillset
Enroll in free online training tutorials. Also, take advantage of both free and low-cost classes being offered in your local community.
5. Bring your "A" game to the interview
Gather up a couple of friends and practice your interviewing skills. Encourage them to grill you about your career experience and get their feedback on your responses. Also, spruce up your interview suit by switching up the shirt, shoes, and/or other accessories that you generally wear with it.
Long-term unemployment can do a number on your self-worth. Listening to motivational podcasts and reading inspiring blogs can help keep your spirits elevated.
7. Join a meetup.com group and/or other networking group
Meetup.com groups will enable you to network with other people in your particular career field and community at large.