With an infinite number of jobs displayed on dozens of job boards and company web sites, you can make a career of surfing the web. At home. On your couch.
The catch? Surfing won’t take you anywhere.
The other catch? If you do apply, you have maybe a four percent chance of getting an interview, and a one per cent chance of beating out the other 100 applicants for the job. It’s easy to spend most of your day answering job board ads, but that’s very time consuming. It’s also where you will have the greatest competition and least return on your investment of time.
The key of any job search is to get out of the house for some time each day.
One great use of your time is to volunteer for non-profit groups. Not only will you do good and showcase your talents, but you will also meet well-connected people. Most companies encourage their employees to make a difference in their community through part time volunteerism. The non-profit’s leadership will be another good source of contacts. Typically, they know the movers and shakers in their community.
So, the charitable organization benefits from your volunteerism and you benefit by making contacts who could introduce you to their network, or even help you find the right employment.
A note of caution: Don’t focus on making contacts. Do a great job for the non-profit and people will be impressed. They’ll ask you what you do. That is when you let them know you’re a free agent in the open job market, but also like to give back by volunteering your time.
There are also some amazing paid positions within many of the major non-profit organizations. When you interact with people, they will always ask what you do and now a door is open that just wouldn’t have happened if you were at home on that couch.