Historians say the formula for finding a job hasn’t changed much since the Great Depression. Basically, the harder you work searching for a job, the more likely you’ll be to get one. Unfortunately, new research shows that today’s job-seekers tend to search in all the wrong places. So, here’s a refresher course on some job-hunting strategies from the Depression Era that still work today:
First: Talk to EVERYONE you know about your job search. During the Depression, more than half of all jobs were filled through personal referrals. But today, a survey found that less than 1-in-10 job-seekers reach out to friends and relatives about their job search! Experts say that’s bad news, because personal referrals are the number one source of hires – even today.
Another job-hunting strategy from the Depression Era: Don’t be invisible. Meaning don’t spend all your time at home looking for jobs online, or in the newspaper. If you did that during the Depression, then you didn’t find work - period! Experts say you need to devote some of your job search to aggressively looking for “help wanted” signs, and attending as many job fairs as you can, a-third of all jobs are filled that way.
The last Depression Era strategy: Rethink what it means to HAVE a job. A new survey found that many of today’s job-seekers are holding out for a job that pays as much – or more – as their last job. But during the Depression, most people took any job they could, even if it was pulling up tree stumps for a dollar a day. The lesson? If you think you’re too good for the jobs being offered, then you have no right to complain about not having a job.