Friday, July 31, 2009


By Alicia Pozsony, Newsletter Editor Mercer County PSG

I hate rejection letters. You know the ones I am talking about: “…we have decided to continue our search…”,”…although you have impeccable qualifications and recommendations, we are sorry to inform you…”. I still get them nearly every day, despite the numerous resume revisions and workshops I have attended. It’d be easy for me to fall prey to depression and just give up. Perhaps instead of being focused on how many rejections we received in one day, we should focus instead on the fact that we are that much closer to getting the job that is right for us. Remember to apply the following:

To find a job in tough times, focus on these To-Dos:
• Hone Your Skills • Get Yourself Up to Date • Reinvent yourself • Market Yourself • Make yourself a brand • Perform business networking in person and online • Research • Read the job posting carefully • Give yourself a break

Use job listings to fit your skills to the job requirements.
Utilize all of your Job Search Sources: Retirement Boards, Union Halls, State Employment Services, the "Help Wanted" ads , Government Personnel Offices, Job Fairs, Private Employment Services, Vocational Schools, Community Colleges or University Placement Offices, "Yellow Pages," libraries & Chamber of commerce.
Ask yourself the questions to expand how you see yourself and your skills to develop your backup career. What are you doing when you lose track of time? What job has always interested you? If you could get paid to do anything, what would it be? Then make a list of your areas of interest. Start by asking yourself, "What am I doing when I lose track of time?" to get to the heart of the matter. Make a list of the jobs that interest you. Describe your fantasy job.

How to pay the bills: Ask yourself questions to identify a part time opportunity: How have you earned money in the past in or outside your current field/occupation? Maybe it's dusting off your retail skills or getting re-certified as a teacher. Can you be a consultant in your same field or something different? If you have expertise, there is often someone out there who will pay you for your insight. Look on Craigslist to see the kinds of skills individuals are offering to corporations and what kinds of skills corporations are soliciting. Are there part time opportunities for you? There are websites that list short-term project work like And don't wait on checking out this site:

It’s almost impossible to make oneself recession proof, and as we have become victims to this economic situation, remember to stay positive. Stay active. Use the PSG as a vessel to help yourself by helping others while boosting your confidence in the process. Ω