jobless! due to recession....
April 15, 2009 3:14am CST
gee... its recession and i end up jobless for months. i've been sending resumes and attend job interviews and still no results, yikes! i am out of ideas now to survive till i found a new stable job. i had sold my favourite Louis Vuitton Saleya MM bag, PSP, Playstation, HP s3380d slim pc.. oh my, don't know untill when i can survive with those money as i need to pay utilities and bills and more outstanding bills, geee... can anyone advice me what i can do now? (sob sob)
17 Apr 09
Are you up for a job in Sales? Have you done sales? Many job seekers wonder that without experience, can they land a sales job that requires 2 years of sales experience? Here is a couple of tips that I can share: Strategy 1 - Persist Persistence is the successful salesperson's number one trait. When you persist professionally, the sales manager, interviewer will often give you the benefit of the doubt. They want to see how you deal with rejection and uncertainty. They want to see how you'll handle they're objections. Keep at it. Startegy 2 - Do Your Homework The number one complaint on sales people is their lack of preparation. The interview is just like sales. you're selling yourself to the prospective employer. When it's your turn to talk, let the interviewer know that you prepared by saying something as simple as, "In preparing for this interview, I..." Then list what you did. Here are some examples: 1. "I read your last three corporate reports." 2. "I took one of your salespeople on a date." 3. "I spent an hour with your website to see how I can fit the companies mission." 4. "I had an informational conversation with one of your customers about how you sell and service your products." The point is to document your preparation. Employers want to know that you're willing to dig for information. If you're not willing to do it to get the job, why would you be willing to do it to land a sale? Strategy 3 - Customize Your Resume Make sure your resume says your seeking a sales job in the aerospace industry if that indeed is what your looking for. Salespeople today are customizing virtually every sales presentation. Your resume should be tailored to the industry and company. A generic resume won;t cut it for you if you don;t have any experience. Strategy 4 - Document your Achievements and Sell Them A need to continually achieve is key to sales success. Prove your an achiever. Document your three biggest achievements and be prepared to reel off a list of at least seven other significant wins in your life from school, sports, music, class politics, etc. You will achieve again for your employer, because past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. You may not have success in sales, but you've had success in other areas. Success leaves clues. Strategy 5 - Have a Philosophy of Selling When You Walk In the Door If you want to land a job in sales, you should have the rudimentary knowledge about sales and be able to articulate a philosophy of selling and it has to be more than "I am a people person"." You can't learn how to sell from a book, but you can learn that sales is a process. You can discuss of understanding customer's needs and presenting solutions. You can ask questions belief and philosophy regarding sales and whether they do or do not believe in consultative or team approach. Strategy 6 - Have a Story about your Biggest Sale. You need to document an incident when you persuaded someone to do something that you wanted him to do. Describe how you were able to achieve an objective and how you got people to do things for you in order to achieve it. Show that you already have the necessary skills to do the job that you're applying for. Strategy 7 - Be willing to Take an Entry-level Sales position. Do I need to explain.... guess not go figure. :) BE READY TO WORK If getting a sales job sounds like a lot of work? Surprise!!! It is a lot of work. Selling could either be the hardest, high-paying job or just easiest, low paying job to a person's perspective. That's why top salespeople make a lot of money. They're willing to do the work before they get paid for it. They're willing to take the risk and face rejection. The reality is that few people has the drive and the determination (I'm not saying you don't. I'm mere referring to the general public that includes everybody) to even apply even two or three of these seven strategies. When you do you'll be a refreshing change to all of the interviewers that you will be in contact with. Remember that there are more good sales job, than there are good salespeople. GOOD LUCK ON THE JOB HUNT! and GOD BLESS!
16 Apr 09
Let's give the US some credit, at least now they believe that they're are in recession, and that there is a credit bubble and it already burst in front of everybody's faces. Now, going back to your problem. My advice to you is evaluate the competition for the job. Unemployment rate in different parts of the world are rising due to current economy. Companies are not only cost cutting (and I don't want you to focus on that), they are also grinding all candidates making sure that hiring these people would be worth the company's time. Now, if you were earning a lot of money before with your previous job... I suggest you forget all that cause your not going to receive the same compensation. First, try to get the a salary report on the job that you're trying to land, so that you have the actual numbers and figures that you need to back up your salary expectations/ demands. Anticipate what would candidates normally do in the interview and how you can separate your self from the competition and win the rat race. Acing an interview is always based on how you were prepared in selling yourself to the company. If you figure that out, you're already hired. The other way is just to accept low salary offers just to get a job (Don't do that! I was kidding, but it's up to you) You can also start putting up your own business. In my case, 2 years ago there was a forecast that a recession is going to hit the largest economy in the world and people should prepare for it. I slowly then put up my own project-based consultancy business. I'm doing fine now, struggling but fine. Lastly, you can find a MLM or Network Marketing Company and join their business. It's still your choice. Think about it really hard, maybe you'll find out answers for yourself later on :). Now don't stress yourself too much, sometimes you have to let the situation present the solutions. Good LUCK!!!! and God bless!!!!
17 Apr 09
hi cal3b00, thank you for your advice, appreciate it. well... i went to many types of industries for job interviews, willing to accept low salary too, still no result. :( before i always say to myself, life is full of challenges, continuously effort is the key to success, but now... sigh... give up
15 Apr 09
Oh that really is scary! More and more has been jobless these days. I hope you get a job soon. You can try what I do. I make cookies and package them into small plastic bags. I sell them to stores around. It's not much but at least I get some money from it.
• United States
15 Apr 09
Mystery shopping doesn't pay a whole lot, but you can make enough to pay the utility bills. The caveat is that if you live in a rural area this may not work. Another thing to do, again if you don't live in a rural area, is do focus groups. Both mystery shopping and focus groups are usually done by the same kind of companies. The word I'm looking for escapes me, but go to volition.com and look for the link that says "Mystery Shopping" and you'll have access to hundreds of mystery shopping companies. They're legitimate and it doesn't cost anything to access the database. Hopes that helps.