I continue to hear people say that they are having a hard time finding a job. I know that government reports say that the economy is improving, but I know a number of people that can’t find a job that will support themselves and their family.
One of the groups that is especially hard hit are recent college graduates. Young men and women with college degrees are having a hard time finding a full time job. Many find themselves living at home with their parents because they cannot find a job opening in their field.
Older adults are facing similar difficulties. Some have been unemployed for an extended period of time and are trying to re-enter the job market. I know that employers are not allowed to take some one’s age into consideration for employment, but it seems that the job prospects for people over 50 years of age are not very good.
I understand that many new jobs require more skills with computers, communication and new technology. I realize that some companies have closed their facilities in Southern California and relocated to other states.
What can you do to find a new job? Where do you turn to find work to support you and your family? One of the things I tell job seekers is to be persistent. Don’t give up. Don’t lose heart. Follow up on each application. Be persistent.
Years ago, when our teenage son submitted an application to a local grocery store, I suggested he go back and check with the store manager to see if they had hired anyone. I encouraged him to go back once a week so that the manager knew that my son was serious about getting hired. He got the job!
Another thing I tell people is to think outside the box. Don’t just look into areas where you have worked, but look at possibilities that are outside your previous experience. In addition, I encourage people to apply at places that always need more workers. Schools, universities, hospitals and utility companies will always need more employees. And, they have all kinds of jobs from food service to security, from maintenance to new construction.
There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Keep on asking and it will be given to you. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened,” (Matthew 7:7). Persistence and prayer can help you find a new job. It may not be easy and it may not come quickly. But, with God’s help you can do it. Don’t give up!