Supposedly, the economy and job market are slowly healing. Less people are filing for unemployment. Good things should start to happen in the near future as jobs open up. Many are waiting to start applying for jobs again after the economy is fixed, and I think that’s a foolish approach. That means that all those unemployed (or underemployed) people are going to jump on the jobs all at once and the competition will be even more fierce. So it’s best to do as well as you can now. Apply for jobs, make connections, create a network, grow your skills… basically whatever it takes.
I have yet to find my first full-time job with benefits, and it bothers me. I’ve played with the idea of going back to school and getting a degree in something that will actually be useful, like computer science or paralegal, or working with medical records, since those types of jobs are in high demand these days. I’ve considered freelance writing and editing, although because everyone’s out of work, everyone’s jumping on freelance jobs, making them much harder to come by than they ever were. I’ve even considered moving out of state to find a job, but I hate that thought because I’d hate to go through all the hassle of learning about a new city… plus, I think I’d miss home too much. But making some of those changes may become a necessary evil in the near future.
All this means for me is that I’m going to have to revamp my job search and try harder. One of my new year resolutions for 2012 was to find a good job, and I plan on keeping that resolution. I’ll do whatever I have to do. First, I’ll look for what’s available (if anything) in the area where I live. Then I’ll see if perhaps I might need to branch out to other areas or types of jobs. It’ll be a long journey, but the important part is optimism. 🙂