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Why Wait for a Job Offer? Create Your Own
Paul FontaineBeen unemployed for a while? Finding it hard to find a job when you don't have one?

Something I have found that works well is creating your own job. Instead of waiting for someone to offer you a job, make one for yourself.

I'm a big advocate of volunteering and believe job seekers can gain some valuable experience while also giving back to whatever cause/community they believe in. If for example, you are unemployed and looking for a job in the advertising and public relations field, find a community center near you and see if you can become the advertising/PR manager.

You don't need to be paid in order to list this on your resume under experience. Many people work for non-profits for little or no money. There have been business leaders that have taken no salary or worked for one dollar per year, they are still getting experience and listing it on their resumes.

A lot of non-profits don't have large staffs and would be interested in help from an expert like you. You can then state on your resume that your present experience is working as advertising/PR manager at XYZ non-profit. By working with a non-profit organization, you can gain experience in grant writing, web design, online research, editing, graphic design, marketing, fund raising, accounting and much more. All of these skills are often seen as requirements for job postings.

If you do indeed become the advertising/PR manager of a non-profit organization, it's a win-win situation. You gain important experience and also show on your resume that you are presently in a position where you're continuously growing and improving. In addition, the organization receives much needed help for little or no cost.

Here are a few great resources in order to find an organization in your area that you may want to approach: A simple one-page proposal can be drawn up and presented to organizations. You can state how much time you can devote to their organization and what you believe you can achieve during your time with them. Call up the executive director or manager in charge of the organization to schedule a brief discussion (1/2-hour) at their convenience. Don't be shy - remember you are offering them a valuable asset that can help their overworked staff.

With a little bit of research and a few phone calls you can add a new position to your resume within the next week. Best wishes and keep up the good work.

Paul is the author of the new ebook: How to Find the Perfect Job…in 30 days or less!.

He has been giving career advice for over ten years. Paul has reviewed and critiqued hundreds of resumes and has helped create more effective communication tools to attract employer's attention and to find that perfect job. He has been on both sides of the desk as an interviewer and an interviewee.

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