This year is going to present challenges and trials in your job hunt. The best way to manage is to arm yourself and be as prepared as you can be in this New Year. Unforeseen events will come up to challenge your stamina to withstand the unemployment season but the best way is to take time this year to first focus your efforts on a main goal.
Are you prepared to receive the employment that you want? The questions to ask are not will you get a job, but are you prepared to work once the opportunity presents itself. Job seekers can lose out of opportunities simply because they haven't taken the time to sit down and assess whether or not they have what it takes to perform up to par. The following are a few things to consider before you get the job:
Financial management prior to employment.
Now a days many jobs require that you have one already, since no one wants to hire someone out of work! You will need financial means for fees, possible medical tests, or other things that will require you to come out of pocket. Some jobs require that you have your own car. If an employer really needs you chances are you wont have to go through some of preliminaries. Its an employers market so many employers will have requirements that will probably require money. You need to save, not spend and keep some spare money just in case.
Ask questions in the interview
Sometimes employers will not tell you information all at once and upfront. Will you have to travel, what if you have to transfer to a remote location, will you need a car? What if where you are hired is not where you will be working. If you have any restrictions, its best to get this information upfront. Employers need you to be available, the more problems you present the less likely you will get hired. Make it easy for them. The worst thing in the world is getting a job and finding out you do not have what it takes to complete the assignment.
Dont get desperate
When you are out of work, you need employment fast. But that doesn't mean every job is a job you should take. Make sure you weigh the pros and the cons of an assignment. If you are looking for employment that will led to greater opportunities later, sometimes its better to do the work on the front end and invest. For example, government jobs take more on the front end but the return is usually higher in the end. Some opportunities aren't. Taking any job, one that may be more detrimental, may take you further away from your goals; tire you out and make the job you REALLY want a distant memory. Decide what is important to to you, dont worry about keeping up with the joneses, just stay focused the right one will come along. Happy searching.