Whether you fall under the category of long-term unemployed, just ending a job, or recently entering the working world, actually finding a job may seem a daunting task. Fortunately, you have numerous avenues open to you for seeking employment.
Find out what to do in Ohio.
If you’ve recently become unemployed, you want to do everything you can to keep yourself going. Visit the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website to get information on how to collect unemployment benefits and what all of that entails, as well as searching the site for job training, which includes information on finding a job, statewide initiatives to help job seekers, and Office of Workplace Development programs that could help you. You may also want to directly visit the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services to speak directly with someone who can help (try to call first so you can have the necessary paperwork with you before making the trip).
Make good use of your time.
If you can’t currently find work, treat your days as an opportunity to do something you wouldn’t have had as much time for while working–and make it something that can boost your marketability, Volunteer or work on a side project, focusing on something or someone you care about. Take an online class or look for ones offered by a local community college to keep yourself sharp. You never know what connections you might make or how doing this “extra” activity can lead to new employment you might otherwise have missed.
Use your networks.
Most employers prefer to hire either someone they know personally who can do the job or someone another trusted person has vetted. Think of it this way: Most of us nowadays don’t buy something online until we’ve read the reviews. Employers prefer to hire someone they already know will do a good job. So reach out to your contacts, tighten up your LinkedIn page and join a few groups in your chosen industry and reach out. Ask a mutual acquaintance to help make an introduction and take that person out for coffee – not to ask for a job but to learn more about how that person got involved. Again, it may well lead to something.
You should also consider connecting with a well-established staffing agency such as PrideStaff, whose mission is to link employers with candidates. They’ll help assist you in all job seeking matters and help get you on your way.