If you are unemployed or your current job is not as secure as you would like you
need to approach your job search activity as if it where a full time job.
The following pages outline the advise I have been given, read
or determined from the job search process over the years as a freelance
contractor. Consider the job advise given here, it is free, hopefully common
sense, and you don't have to sign up for any newletters or course that claims to
offer a magic solution to job hunting - there isn't one.
You need to carefully consider
What skills and experiences do you have?
These will forms part of your resume.
What you need from a job in terms
Work out your budget by checking
what you have spent over the past 12 months on food, clothes, entertainment,
repairs, insurance, utilities (water, gas, electricity) and travel costs
(personal and business). These costs are met net of income tax and national
insurance. Reduce expenditure as soon as you can. You may get a new job quickly,
but could find that it is a long haul.
The travel time to work,
availability of public transport and both the current costs and expected
increases over the next 12 months. Can you relocate, and if you did, but the job
does not work out, what are the prospects in the area?
What excites you about the job? What
do you enjoy doing? What are you good at and comfortable at doing?
What skills are you lacking, or would like
to gain? Can these be achieved through grants, work schemes or through voluntary
work or work placement?
Your current finances.
How are you going to cover your expenses? What benefits are you entitled to
whilst unemployed? Make arrangements with credit card companies and mortgage
lenders, now. Armed with your budget plan get agreement from your creditors to a
reduce payment plan. Keep them informed, particularly if there are
any changes in circumstances. It is in their interest to offer a repayment plan
as the alternatives will cost them dearly in attending court.
f you have jointed the under-employed reading the UK
document "State of the nation report: poverty, worklessness and welfare
dependency in the UK" will not raise your hopes.
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