At a time when jobs are hard to come by, it's important to take every approach possible to find work that will give you a sense of purpose, as well as pay the bills.
According to Forbes, this could mean using your personal passions and experience to find work that, even if it is contract, could eventually become a permanent, full-time job.
In a new book titled "Finding Work When There are No Jobs," author Roger Wright discusses how the changing employment climate in America requires a new approach to job searching. After Wright was let go from his position as a corporate management trainer, he went looking for a new one in the most conventional ways. This included revamping his resume, attempting to get as many interviews as possible and trying to extend his network of contacts.
But, according to the news source, this was all to no avail. To Wright, the evolving workforce needed an equally renewed job search strategy.
"I had the wrong goal," he wrote. "I had always worked in one place and had one job. What I really needed to look for was work. If I can fill a need, I can find work."
Wright outlined a few steps every job seeker should take to find the ideal work environment for them. To start, it's important for any job seeker to verbally tell his or her story to any contacts. This is particularly true when working with staffing companies, as you can convey to them who the person is behind the resume, enabling them to better match your skills, experience and personality with a prospective employer. While many experts say that it's possible to pull this off on a resume by making it more of a narrative, this is inherently problematic, Wright says.
"A resume can never communicate the depth, breadth and sensory information of my experiences," he wrote.
Wright also emphasized that this in no way means a candidate should leave a cover letter and resume out of the job search, but that they should be supplementary to personally talking yourself up to contacts and letting them know how passionate you are about your desired field. Emphatically describing a goal you have to a member of the industry is more memorable than strong credentials on a resume, says Wright.
Wright stated that anytime you're speaking with a potential employer or even just relaying your story to a contact, its crucial to show interest. Any way that you can break away from a mundane interview will make you more memorable, and demonstrate you care that much more than the other potential employee who spoke in a monotone voice and appeared unenthused.
A different perspective
Sometimes, all it takes is stepping back and framing a process differently to see an alternative outcome. In the job seeker's case, this may require seeing the search as a mystery that needs to be solved. If you can demonstrate to an employer that there is an existing problem, and you have the expertise to solve it, you become that much more marketable.
For example, when Wright was working at a utility company, he sought out to uncover why, exactly, workers did not enjoy using a new computer program that had been implemented. When he solved this problem on his own and told it to the company heads, the company kept him on for another six months to properly train the workers who were having difficulty.
According to job search expert Harry Urschel, this all falls in line with the need to go into the job search with the proper mindset. Although there are several do's and don't's of the job search, none of that will matter if you aren't positive and willing to step outside the box.