28. Consider alternative strategies for job search

Feeling stuck in your job-searching process? If the things you've been trying haven't been snaring interviews or even nibbles for jobs you have your eye on, then consider these alternative strategies: • Try taking on a project or freelance work for a reduced fee or on a contract basis to prove yourself to a prospective employer. When business picks up, you already have a foot in the door. • Consider opportunities at small businesses. While small businesses are also suffering in this recession, they have more leeway in negotiating pay and job duties than large employers. • Expand your network beyond your immediate industry. Try reaching out to suppliers and customers. • Craft a marketing plan to make sure the message about your career and accomplishments is clear and what you want to project to potential employers. • Volunteer at professional organizations that match your expertise and attend conferences to strengthen your networking skills. • Think about transferring your private-sector skills and expertise to nonprofit or government jobs. The federal government is hiring. --Hanah Cho
Nick Madigan, Baltimore Sun
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