Jobless in July

By: Detra Davis

Save your major job search efforts for permanent full time employment until after Labor Day. The summer help will go back to school and those who are going on maternity or medical leave will notify the boss of their exit dates. Do you need work right away? Swallow your pride and pick-up a summer time job, i.e. restaurants that work until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., home improvement stores, landscape companies and don’t forget temp agencies. During the summer the unemployed are competing with the high school graduates and the college graduates, it is not fair, summer is a bummer.

This can be the time when you can also try your hand at starting your own little business. If you like to cook or barbecue, you may want to try it for profit.

Start small, keep it simple and be creative. If you truly need a job and you or your spouse, significant other, mother or dad is good with a grill or makes a mean smoked chicken and garlic cheese wrap, give catering a try. The one thing people do all summer is eat. Some eat light, some don’t, but everyone eats.

Do you have a friend who makes the best chocolate truffles in town? A bridal shop might allow you to put your flyer in their shop. Brides are always looking for tasty little gifts for their guest. A job in food is one of the most convenient positions a person can perform. Everyone loves good food and there is bound to be something that you can cook or learn to cook in relatively little time. Do you make a great barbecue sauce? Do you grind your own blend of coffee?

Don’t stop looking for a permanent position, keep that resume circulating and visit community associations and organizations. Get out there and volunteerBusiness Management Articles, meet people and introduce yourself to everyone. This is the time to become a social butterfly. Everyone needs to develop streams of income. Relying on one job for your livelihood today is unrealistic. Look at your joblessness as an opportunity to use your community as your source of income. Start a small business. Think about starting a small business. Find a job but don’t let just the job be your salvation. Today that is a dangerous way to live.

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