6 strategies to find work after losing your job

coffee meetingBeing out of work is awful. No, that’s not entirely true. Feeling like you’re not being useful is awful. Not contributing to, or working towards your goals can really start to weigh down on you. And the longer it goes on, the more likely you are to have feelings of self-doubt ever finding work again.

When I found myself suddenly unemployed, I was devastated. But I couldn’t afford to stay devastated. There was too much on the line for my family and me. So I got to work right away trying to find more work. At the time, there seemed to be plenty of opportunities out there for me. I was working my network, getting calls for interviews, but nothing was sticking. No offers were coming through.

Interviewing is just like marketing. But instead of marketing a thing, you have to market you. And if you’re like me, this is extremely hard. You see, one of the things about being introverted for me is I’m not all big about tooting my own horn. I can communicate, educate, market, and write the heck out of a brand and its products and services, but ask me to do the same thing when the subject matter is me and my mind goes blank. Being your own worst critic has a lot of drawbacks.

Something had to change, and when I came to that self-realization things started to click for me. Following are six strategies to help get back to work. Read more of this post

3 techniques to better public relations

There is something wonderful we can learn from the folks at the National Center for Family Literacy and its educational website Wonderopolis. I’m not talking specifically about the daily wonders posted (even though those are great too) but the effective ways they communicate with the people who visit.

Take a look at any of the posts produced at Wonderopolis and you’ll see well thought out wonders presented and several comments from readers who share their personal experiences or thank the Wonderopolis team for piquing their interest and increasing their knowledge.

And after reading several posts, and the comments left, there is a great lesson Wonderopolis can teach businesses and PR pros – the right way to handle public relations, and how to be social. Read more of this post

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