Need a job? Here are 7 ways to find work.
When I chaired the Tech Alliance at the Naperville Chamber of Commerce, I was always asked to help people find a job or connect with someone for business development. Not surprisingly, in this economy, I still get approached from time-to-time and I find nothing more rewarding than helping someone out. I appreciate when people have helped me, so I think of it as paying things back.
I got an email from James, a great guy, I hadn’t spoken with in several years. Here is what he wrote and my 7 ideas to help him find work doing Apple computer support and training in Chicago’s western suburbs.
LONG time, no see! Hope you’re doing well…
I wanted to run this by you – I have no idea if you can be of any help, but it didn’t cost me anything to ask!
I NEED more work! Like, I’m really getting quite desperate!! I’ve thought of all kinds of things, but after brainstorming a bit, this might be the best idea of them all!!
I am quite an expert now (if you don’t mind me saying:) with Apple products, and I’m ALWAYS being called by family and close friends when they have issues or don’t know how to use something. I’ve done enough consulting work to have made thousands and thousands by now! LOL
I wondered if you have any ideas on how to reach people with these services. You are connected to the technology world, that’s why I thought to ask you!
Any thoughts might be helpful. I know FB and LI are places, I wonder if there are any people or groups that you know personally that might be good for me to talk to..
Anyway, thanks for your time!!
He’s off to a great start, doing EXACTLY what he should be doing - Networking! Talking to as many people as possible. He’s leveraging the power of LinkedIn and Facebook too.
Here are my 7 ways to find work suggestions:
Nice to hear from you, but I’m sorry things are a bit slow. Been there, done that.
You’re not alone. Lot’s of peeps are looking for work, either a job or freelancing. The good news is, I have several ideas on how to find work.
1) Consider advertising on Craigslist. You free ads will be seen in the local area. Small biz and computer categories, I think. You could also promote photography.
2) See if you can get some testimonials on AngiesList.com. Lot’s of people search for reputable vendors there.
3) Hang out in forums and discussion groups. Answer a few questions, be helpful.
4) Meetups are a great place to network. Meetups.com I have one in Wheaton tomorrow. Come on by! West Suburban Business Networking You can find Meetups for all kinds of interests and attend, usually for free.
5) Probably helps to have a website – somewhere that people can find out more about what you have to offer. Many web hosts offer free sitebuilders and low cost hosting. You can also make free blogs at Blogger.com and WordPress.com. You may also attract organic traffic with optimized pages for terms like “Naperville Apple support”
6) You might find freelance jobs on elance.com
7) Facebook paid ads can be amazingly cost-effective. I’m doing them for several clients, including a north suburban hair and nail salon that’s getting new ciustomers on a budget of $10/day. You can target by geographical area, gender, household income and more.
Do you have business cards for this venture? You’ll need them and I would do something to stand out. Make it unique!
I think you need a one-sheet with descriptions of the work you do and something they can carry with them. Certainly a list of services, if not packages. And it might help to research what solutions your market is looking for.
Hope one or more of these ideas help. I may even need to use your services with a soon to be acquisition of a Macbook.
Let’s stay in touch and I hope to see you tomorrow!
This book might help you find work.
I helped another guy get a pretty decent job recently. I thought he could use some professional help with his resume, appearance, interviewing techniques and networking. He had never really had to find a job. He always was promoted from within and switched companies via contacts who recommended him. He was never unemployed until a few years ago. He’d hired people, so he thought he knew how to get interviews, but finally realized that the job coach that I was recommending had some good ideas in her book, Take Back Your Career. I saw the author, Jan Marino speak at a Business United meeting earlier this year.
My dad always said that when you’re looking for work, you should spend 40 hours a week looking for a job. He was right! And with today’s technology, you have options for a Return On Investment like never before!
What are YOUR ideas for my friend James and anyone else who could fill out their 40-hour week of searching for a job?