Job Hunting on a Budget

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Looking for a job is difficult for everyone, but trying to live without an income introduces a whole new level of stress.  Here are some tips that will help you meet this challenge without becoming bankrupt:

Access free services.  There is a multitude of non-profit employment centres that can assist you with your job search.  Tropicana Employment Centre provides assistance with labour market research, resumes and cover letters, interview skills, as well as placements and introductions to employers.

Go to the library.  The public library can be a rich source of information for your industry and company research.  If you take some time to look around, you may also be able to find databases and job search resources that are beneficial to your job search.  Since most libraries offer free Wifi, you may find that it is an excellent place for you to set up shop for the day.   

Put yourself on a budget.  When you don’t have an income, it is particularly important that you are careful about the money that you are spending.  If you aren’t already on a budget, now is the time to get started.  Determine how much money you have to sustain you and make a list of your expenses.  This will give you an idea of how quickly you have to get a job.  If it doesn’t seem realistic, then you need to either cut your expenses or find another source of income.

Network. The easiest way to get a job is through your network and the good news is that it doesn’t cost any more than a cup of coffee.  Getting out and meeting people is important both to your job search strategy and your peace of mind.  Try to identify the people in your network who may be able to link you to potential job opportunities.  The sooner you get job, the sooner you will start making money!

Get a part time job.
If the job search process is taking longer than you anticipated, you might want to consider getting a part time job.  Even if it’s not your dream job, the extra income may allow you to hold out until you find a position that truly aligns with your career goals.

Being unemployed is definitely not glamorous.  It’s stressful and you can’t afford to do or buy anything.  Take heart; this stage of your life won’t last forever and it won’t be long before you’ll be celebrating your new job over an expensive meal and a glass of champagne!

(Written by Karen Bivand,Image Courtesy of Patpitchaya at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

 

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