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We've all been there

Matt Morgan • Nov 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM

This time of year can be rough for many people in many ways. Jobs, bills, and other income woes can create complex stress-knots.


Let's try and loosen those threads a bit, shall we?


As a shopkeep, I know that my goods or services can't be purchased if my potential purchasers don't have income. So, for the past several years I have tried to help any who needed one find a job. I want to share with you all who may be looking or have a friend/relative who is looking for a job just how many resources there in this area. Between you, me, and this blog, I have even perused them myself. Who knows? A few bad months and I could be in need of one myself. So, what's good for the goose is good for the gander!


The classifieds in the Sandusky Register are a good first stop since you are already here. You can rather easily filter out positions to see if you can get that dream job here locally. Or, just browse casually. More than just Sandusky-based jobs appear.


Within the physical location of the Erie County Job & Family Services you will find Your Job Store (or the equivalent of your county). It offers many more services than just telling you what's out there. You can get resume help, improve your interviewing skills, and more. Plus, since you are working with another human being, your questions may be more directly answered than scouring a website.


Ohio Means Jobs is a source the above entity employs and shares a powerful ally with Monster. You can use this site on your own if you wish. It is rather versatile. While both these sites are reputable and presumably the jobs are, too, be sure you do some extra research. Some listings, while they may lead to a job, are a way for an employer to receive a large amount of resumes to better be able to pick through them for the best candidates over time. In other words it isn't a hasty "need someone today" in all cases.


Snag-a-Job is another good source that may have different listings than the above. It also pulls in broader, national positions that could use a local person filling them. For instance getting trained to be an insurance agent, or a product demonstrator at places like Sam's Club. CareerBuilder is yet another source.


Some of these jobs do require special training or certification. Some may require a commercial driver's license. If these are things you need, it never hurts to find out how to get them. There are jobs that will train you themselves. If they don't, they may be able to reference you to someone else who can assist you adding more skills to your repertoire. Your local library has even MORE resources, references, and computer access should you be in need of it.


As we are getting into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, many retail and restaurants will start looking even for part-time or seasonal help. It may not be your lifelong career but "any port in a storm" if it's needed temporarily. It isn't impossible to have that job become more permanent if you did a good job during the rush and proved yourself reliable and capable. Use that to help kindle your hope and motivation.


Lastly but not necessarily leastly there is Craigslist. You will notice there is a large jobs section in the right hand column. Feel free to browse it but I will urge you to practice EXTREME CAUTION! Craigslist is still a wild west of the Internet. Make sure you do extra research into the offerings here. Look into the business. Ask questions. There are good jobs to be found here, but there is the potential for scamming. When they say things like, "as you will be handling large sums of money we need to check your credit info" then hold your breath. Or, if you get ads that are too good to be true like this or this stop and ask these questions:


1. Why aren't they describing the work in the ad?

2. Why are they telling me what they claim they aren't instead of what they are?

3. Why do I have to go offsite?

4. Why does a job offer say "no money up front"?


If they direct you to another place by saying "Click Here to Get Started" DON'T CLICK! Not until you have asked these questions, turned on your anti-virus/spyware software, and even then checked out where the link will take you. Most of the time if you simply hover the mouse over the link it will display the address where it will take you. Research that address separately before taking the link provided.


Hopefully this can help you or a friend or loved one find a job. Even if it isn't what they do for the rest of their lives, it is a start and an opportunity to earn some income and eventually do the most powerful kind of job search: networking and getting to know other people.

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