Best way to find a job

Have you seen the lines of people applying for jobs every time there’s a job opening or a career fair? Have you actually stood in one of those lines yourself hoping to land a job?

My question is: What are the chances of you getting a job for which there are thousands of applicants? If you take into consideration the waiting, the frustration, and the anxiety you experience as you talk to other unemployed people, it is definitely not the best way to spend your time.

Volunteering in a project or organization you care about is a much more effective way to invest your time. You get to develop meaningful relationships with people who share your interests and who appreciate your dedication, you stay active and you might even learn a few new skills that will come handy when you find work again. And as 70-80% of jobs are still found through networking, building a stronger network is a better path to employment than anything else.

But there’s an additional benefit to volunteering: you get to discover what you are really passionate about, something critical in a time when you might need to change careers or the industry where you work. Realizing that you are good with people and that you’d rather spend time helping them get healthy than, say, trading stocks, is a great first step towards a more fulfilled life.

Take the opportunity to seriously explore your options and to connect your skills with your knowledge and passion. You may be surprised by how good it feels to do something you love even if it means you will make less money or that you will have to create your own job. Speaking of which… I think this is the way of the future. But that’s the topic for a different post!

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  8. Mariela Dabbah says:

    I’m glad so many of you are reaching out. Please look at the links on the right of this blog and you will find a category called “jobs”. There you will find links to job opportunities. You should also visit http://www.ihispano.com for 100,000 listings of jobs from companies looking for Latino employees.

    You should also try to connect with staffing agencies as they know which companies are hiring. Even in this bad times, many companies are doing well and are still hiring. Look into those whose products or services are selling well right now: Walmart, McDonald’s, Target, utilities (electricity, gas, phone companies), ma
    Unfortunately, I don’t have an employee agency. I’m here trying to point you in the right direction.

  9. EDGAR VANEGAS says:

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to advertise my work preference in West Palm Beach. I am looking a job in staff accounting. I have worked with Extended Stay America, Texas Treasure Casino, Ocwen Federal Bank. All of these companies were relocated to other states and India. I enjoy working and hopefully I will here from any of you reading this memories.
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    When i was younger i worked on shoes. I now have alot of expirience on construction, but right now with these econimical problems i just need a job. I have no job right now and i really need one.well, if youh can help me i only speak spanish and probably like 5% english.

  15. Mariela Dabbah says:

    Guillermo,
    One of the suggestions I can offer you is to go to your local government “public works department” and find out if they have any projects that are going to be supported by the stimulus money. There may be projects in neighboring communities as well. In the meantime, try to learn English because it will always improve your chances of getting better jobs.
    Saludos,
    Mariela

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