Staying Positive While Job Hunting

Even though we’re facing an economic crisis, now more than ever I think it’s important to be optimistic—but as the media constantly talks about how bad the economy is, it makes it more and more difficult to try to stay positive.  As a graduating college senior, I’m just beginning my job search, and every day it’s harder to think about looking for a job in this market.  But today I ran across an article on CNN.com that made me feel a little better.   

 

The article basically says that if you’re looking for a job, you need to ignore the negative news.  The economy may be tough, but now is the time to be proactive—because there are fewer jobs available, the sooner you get started on your job hunt, the better.  Experts interviewed for the article say it’s important to be flexible—that means possibly moving, taking a part-time job instead of a full-time one (for the time being), or changing industries.  The article also noted a few industries where there are more jobs available: agriculture, government, education, and health care.

 

St. Louis has been hard-hit by the financial crisis—as of December 2008 the unemployment rate here was 7.1%, and it’s only gotten worse in the past couple months.  But like the article says, we have to try and look past the bad news, and instead focus our job searches and get a little creative.

 

If you’re looking for a job, you can check out some of our partners’ employment services:

 

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

 

University of Missouri Extension

 

United Way’s 2-1-1 Referral Service

 

To read the full article on CNN.com, click here.

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