Contrary to popular belief, there are those out there in Montgomery and Harris Counties still struggling with recent job loss and continuing job loss and searching for a new job which is very difficult in today’s market. All the rules have changed! Below is a highlight of some things you may want to try in an effort to gain some traction on your job searches.
What to do if you Lose Your Job
Step One: Unemployment!!
File for unemployment immediately. Once you file, you will find out what your weekly amount will be. This amount will be significantly less than what you were earning.
Step Two: Texas Workforce Commission!!
Go to your local Texas Workforce Commission and sign up. This will give insight regarding what is available within your career field and these people will give you support by signing you up for various websites that help you in your work search. They will also supply you with computer access, printers, copiers, facsimile machines, and paper.
Go to your local Workforce Commission regardless of whether or not you qualified for unemployment, these people are there to help and often getting out of the house is good for the soul!
For the local Montgomery County area, the Texas Workforce Commission is located on North Loop 336, in the same parking lot as Hobby Lobby, directly across from the Super Kroger Center. The address is 2018 I 45 N, Conroe, Texas 77301-1051; Telephone 936-441-0037 and Facsimile 936-441-0038. This is a full service facility and their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
It is no longer a numbers game as it once was. You may send out over 300 curriculum vitaes (“CV”) and/or resumes and only receive three to six responses. Be prepared to sit in front of your computer, no less than six hours a day for your job search, it will pay off.
Step Three: C.V./Resume!!
Update your CV and/or Resume. This is a very important document and there are plenty of websites with help. One particular website is http://www.businessballs.com/curriculum.htm.
This particular website is free and has some noteworthy advice driving you to a great final product and approach.
Remember, the CV/resume is the first step to meet your perspective employer, try and make it on point and appealing.
Step Four: Email and Access to Microsoft!!
So now you say you don’t have access to Microsoft Word or cannot afford to upgrade your Microsoft suite, there is a way to utilize the latest version online and it is free. This includes Excel and Power Point. Need training on any of these software applications? Read on.
All you have to do is go to Hotmail.com and setup an email account. Once you have your account setup, login and select the “SkyDive” option of Hotmail. This will give you access to the latest version of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and One Note (this is a new Microsoft Office addition).
This is an online option to resolve the instant need for you to have access. This does have some limitations but overall it is a great place to start your setup and it also keeps your documents safe within your email account and you have access to them whenever you need.
Of note, most employer websites and employers will require an upload of your resume in either MS Word or PDF format. This gives everyone the opportunity to have access to be able to participate in the job search market.
Now, no more worries if your machine crashes!! (Thank you Hotmail.)
Step Five: Staffing Agencies!!
It is almost impossible to ignore staffing agencies anymore in your job searches. So while you are reviewing agency ads for jobs-go ahead and respond you may get lucky!!
More and more companies are utilizing staffing agencies. They do this to weed out the voluminous resumes and CVs they are receiving and narrow down the corporate options. For these various companies/corporations, utilizing a staffing agency keeps the number of resumes/CVs down to a manageable amount.
Sign up with as many staffing agencies as is possible. These agencies often are just stock piling resumes/CVs for the time that they get a job order, this way they are prepared to fill the order and will have a resume/CV pool to pull from to meet the needs of their clients.
Further, be certain to sign up for temporary placement. This will give you the opportunity to work temporary positions until a fulltime position becomes available and it also lessens the stress of not having a job, while bringing in a paycheck.
As it is now, in the Montgomery and Harris Counties, employers are receiving anywhere from 100 to 400 resumes per opening and these human resource managers have other duties to tend to as well.
Step Six: Networking!!
It is a great asset to utilize. Most of your friends and prior business associates do not want you to be in a position of insufficiency. They would rather you be a success. Therefore, be certain to check with friends, neighbors and prior business associates for any help in your job search, you may find this is how you land your next position!!
Step Seven: The Internet!!
In today’s mainstream America, most everything is handled via the computer and the internet. This includes the job market. There are several websites that are crawlers and will snag various jobs that meet your needs by simply typing in the web crawler’s name into Google. Or feel free to click on the links below for easy access:
Once you arrive at any of these search engines/web crawlers, type in your desired career field, location and start applying. It is that easy.
Step Eight: Help for Local Residents!!
In Montgomery County, dial 211. This feature will let you know what helpful options are out there for you and your family. Do not hesitate to take action-you may be surprised what options there are for you and your family.
There is also Mid America Foods (www.midamericafoods.com) with an inexpensive means for feeding your family, take advantage of every opportunity out there that may come your way when it comes to sustaining your family unit. Try not to let your pride step in the way.
If Mid America Foods is too expensive for you, there is also the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Food Pantry.
The food pantry is not as elaborate as the Harris County’s Food Pantry, but it will definitely put food on the table in times of need.
Step Nine: Hope and Faith!!
Most importantly, do not give up hope and keep the faith. If you find you are fading and feeling like times are too tough, go outside and garden, take a walk, breathe some fresh air and go to church. If you see a neighbor outside, stop and chat for a few minutes. This will help to clear your mind and give you the ability to rethink how to advance in your job search.
Often times, it is helpful to go to your local church and offer a hand to someone less fortunate. There is always someone less fortunate and this helps in so many ways.
Times are tough all over, it is not just you, and you are not alone. Gas prices only add to the anxiety. The cost of rising food also adds to the anxiety. If you have children, and they have shoes that are wearing out, this too, adds to the anxiety. Try to remember this is only a temporary setback and that having faith and hope will see you though these trying times.
It is very important that you do not dwell on what you do not have, and keep your focus on trudging the happy road to success!