Remember how stressful job hunting can be? Are you knee deep stressed in it right now? Add to it all the little bills here and there that go into finding a job. The cost of things, such as gas and meals seems to have taken a giant leap in the last couple years. You still have bills coming in, maybe a family to take care of and a retirement to prepare for. You’re probably overwhelmed trying to manage the cost of job hunting on top of all this. What’s one to do?
Use Free Resources
It definitely costs money to search for a job, but it doesn’t have to empty your pockets. The saying, “It takes cash to make cash” is actually true. But there are ways to limit how much it’ll eat into your back account.
Lots of people find jobs utilizing social media websites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. If you have a resume you should have an online resume too aka an online presence. At my work place we’ve used LinkedIn’s search feature to find local professionals with a specific certification and brought them in for interviews.
You can also look for local Churches that have job hunting events. In addition to potential employers they also help with providing free or cheap interview attire.
Optimize Your Time
Searching for work is difficult emotionally, and could be a financial obstacle as well. When you are due for an interview, try not to make it the main event of your day. Group any errands you have for the day near the area where your interview is taking place. This will save you time, gas, money and will also lighten the mood and stress level by including a general routine into your day.
My last interview was located near the coast so I arrived 30 minutes prior and parked near the water. I knew it would help relax me and clear my mind so when I walked in I’d be ready to fire away with my best shot.
Go to a Staffing Agency
Staffing Agencies are somewhat different from a local job center. Companies contract with Staffing Agencies to match up most likely candidates for immediate job placement. Staffing Agencies are often hired when a company is in dire need for immediate hire and many times will not go the same protocol as with local job centers. Depending on the company’s need the only interview you’ll have to do is with the Staffing Agency.
Rideshare and Carpool
Rideshare has been popular in Europe for a long time and is quickly gaining popularity in the U.S. as well and is probably best known in the United States as carpooling. Get together with family and friends who may also be looking for work. Sharing the cost of gas with others will definitely help you save a little and not to mention make your commute a lot cheaper than paying for public transportation.
Where I work at there are 10 parking spots for those who Carpool in a van. The parking spots are coveted because once it fills up everyone else has to park across the street. So this is another perk.
Online Job Search
The best way to save on gas is when you don’t have to go anywhere at all. You can actually do your job search from the comfort of your home. Find an online career site like monster.com or careerbuilder.com that you can register to, upload your résumé and complete a profile for employers to view. Once posted make sure you mark it as “available” so employers can find it. You might even get contacted by staffing agencies this way.
Job hunting is stressful enough. Make it easier on yourself by following some of these tips. Learn what works best for you and make it successful. Also, don’t be afraid to let others know what you’re looking for, and remind them every so often. It’s easy to get discouraged and to feel like giving up, but don’t. There’s a job out there for you, so make finding it as easy as possible.
John is the co- founder of Fearless Men; a blog for all to engage and discuss character growth, fitness, relationships and finances. John has lived in 9 countries, is an Army veteran, Christ Follower and wants to go white shark cage diving one day. He enjoys sports, reading, volunteering and learning. He is passionate about invigorating other men to join the adventure in becoming better men. Follow Fearless Men on Twitter, Facebook or G+.