Looking For Work 101 - Planning, Economic Development, Administration

Our economy is in tough shape, with a large number of people out of work. Searching for jobs is depressing and difficult. But keep banging away. You will find another job. 

Here are some guidelines that I think work.
  
Things to do:


Work as hard at getting the new job as you did at your old job – or harder.

Post your resum on Linked in linkedin.com
It is a good resource and a way to link with prospective employers and a way to show them your abilities and interests.

Write on blogs on topics that are of interest to prospective employers - free and easy 
blogger.com.

Get on twitter.com – job oriented efforts - free and easy.

Get on Facebook.com - but stay all business.

Post your resume to a blog - easy and shows you are "high tech" - example - my resume 


Network Network Network


Let your friends and professional acquaintances know you are looking for work.

Set yourself up as a consultant – it is an effective way to look for a job. Allows you to cold call Village and Cities. Start with your friends. Don't ask them directly for work - ask if they know of anything out there. Get better with cold calls with your friends.


Call on prospective employers.

Cold Call – This is hard, but necessary.  Don’t just send your resume – send yourself.  This is hard to do, but does let you get out and about.

Set up a little one person consulting firm doing what you know how to do. This lets you cold call - you visit your targeted company proposing to do a little sideline work for them - can work into a full time job. My example:
    craighullinger.blogspot.com

You can do some pro bono volunteer work to keep yourself in the gameand establish a work record and build a reputation.

Read some books about finding jobs.


You can always go further in school - get the MA or MBA.


Searching for work is depressing. If it gets too bad, get professional help.


Set the alarm clock every day - Get up and work out or take a vigorous walk - then start working.


Motivate yourself.  PUMP UP !! GET IT DONE!!


Work with other people also working for work. Misery loves company. But make it positive.

Don’t give up – this too shall pass
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I know most about jobs for city managers, planners and economic development specialists.  Here are a few links that list some jobs.










uli.selectleaders.com

urbanplanningnow.com



ilapa.org/jobpost.html
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Are you currently unemployed?


APA-IL is looking at ways to assist our fellow unemployed planners.

To find out more, e-mail Paula Freeze at editor@ilapa.org

Want to know how you can get your job opening posted on the Illinois APA website?

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GOOD LUCK

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Social Marketing 101


First Create your Blog, Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter


blogger.com

facebook.com

twitter.com


Then write the Entry on a Blog - Example




Then write a short blast on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, sending people to your blog.

My Examples - And I am older then dirt - If I can do it - you can. So easy even a Cave Man can do it.




How I use Social Marketiing on the link below:


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Please send me good job links, and I will add to this blog. Or if you have some more effective approaches to looking for work, please send them to me, and I will add them to the blog.

Good Luck in Your Job Search.