Want to be employed? Solve problems, don't just get a sheet of paper from college

If you look at the current landscape of online services to help people find jobs, you will quickly get lost in a sea of communication. Millennials are the largest generation now, and most of this population grew up with the internet. Furthermore, More Millennials have a college degree than any other generation of young adults. That means that EVERYONE is filling out online applications and mostly everyone meets the educational standard.So why are so many millennials unemployed/underemployed?

Well, as a person who is a Millennial and not underemployed/unemployed I would like to share my opinion. As mentioned above every single person I know born from the current largest generation is doing the exact same thing to apply for a job in a market of supreme over saturation. You might as well play the lottery. I am not saying abandon this tactic, I am just saying don't rely on it as your only strategy.

Here are some ideas when looking for employment. 

1. Actually Call the manager of the department you are looking to be hired for. Since everyone is writing emails, a call will most likely go right through. How do you get the number? There is this thing called Google and LinkedIN. if you do a little bit of poking around you will most likely find the Manager of a particular department. I did a search for Microsoft jobs, looked for the hiring manager on the post and then looked for that fellow on LinkedIN. Sure enough, I had luck finding their profile with a Contact number.

2. Get outside and start shaking hands with people. Seems a little too simple right? That is my point! I know lots of small business owners who have been burned by online freelancers and spamming recruiters who receive commissions based on job placement, not job satisfaction.  That being said, local entrepreneurs are all over your local Churches, Rotary Clubs, Meet-ups, etc. Oh and by the way, 70% of the US economy is made up of small business endeavors.  So the chances are, you've met lots of people who have the demand for your talents.

3. Prove your work! Become a content creator and start sharing your experiences on YouTube, Facebook, etc. Chances are you will not become the next big hit, but at least you can reference your skills to something tangible. I know a developer in the UK who has a wildly successful YouTube channel. A US based company contacted this fellow for remote contract work at a rate of $200 per hour! According to the developer, he is only making $50 an hour at his current job. Using a modern cell phone, you can start posting content on YouTube for free!

4. Start small and work your way up. Perhaps you have the degree, but need experience. There are plenty of ways to get experience. You can volunteer, take internships, use the example above and start giving your work away for feedback. Not a lot of people can afford to work for free, and I am not saying that you have to work for free. But today you can get a job at any restaurant or gas station to put food on the table, and then work on your ideal job skills on the side. For years, I was a server at a restaurant while I tweaked my IT skills. Nowadays, it wouldn't take long to spend a few weekends cramming some video training  and creating a nice online portfolio that displays your talents.

5. Solve problems. Go to any local meetup and see what is in demand. I know so many managers that host these events just to find motivated candidates. Also, look at Craigslist.org under the "gigs" section and find what immediate needs are in demand now.

In closing, this is a great time to find work. No where in history did we have so much access to information and the platforms to host our presence for free. Let's take advantage of this now! If this article helped you please share. If what I am saying doesn't work for you, please post in the comments why. I am very anxious to learn more about this particular topic.

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