The economy is tough, and you’re looking for a job. But braving career fairs and online job sites can be frustrating and fruitless. Just this week, hundreds camped out for job openings at the Miami fire department.
And, indeed, these are tough times. Unemployment is at a 16-year high (7.2%) and job seekers outnumber openings three to one.
With such dire prospects, you may need to get creative and learn to market yourself in ways you might not have considered before.
For inspiration, look to Jacob Share, who was looking for a position as a Web development manager. He started a chain email by sending his resume and desired job description to his personal contacts, asking them to send it on to anyone they knew who might be able to help. He offered $150 to the person who led him to land a job. And it worked.
Others have purchased billboard space or are wearing T-shirts with their own job ad written on them.
So remember, even though the best way to find a job is through personal networking, it probably wouldn’t hurt to brainstorm a few out-of-the-box ways to market yourself.