5.  Show everyone your search tools. Have a resume.  If you don't know how to create one, get help.  Once you have a professional
resume, carry copies everywhere.  Carry a briefcase or notebook with copies so that you can show it to anyone who takes interest.  This shows you are seriously looking for work and, again, could lead to opportunities.

6.  Ask everyone for ideas, contacts, and leads. We hear the term "networking" all the time.  What it means is asking everyone you come in contact with if they know someone who has work or even knows someone who might know someone.  Don't react negatively to dumb ideas.  Just thank the source and keep moving.  Over 70% of all job openings are not advertised through media.  The only place to discover the jobs that are out there is through network contacts. Asking for names of contacts shows you are working at getting work.  This isn't embarrassing and perhaps even inspiring.

Taking these six actions will demonstrate to everyone you are serious about your job search and convince yourself you have nothing to be embarrassed about.  There are millions of people out of work.  You'll just be moving on faster than many of them.

For more insights into God's path for the job seeker check out Unemployed: Life in the Wilderness - A Practical Guide to Living with Unemployment at http://www.lenmallen.com/.

April 8, 2010

Born and raised in South Dakota, Len Allen began college at South Dakota State University. He transferred to the University of Hawaii in Honolulu where he attended for 3 years majoring in commercial art and art history. In 1972 he graduated from Sioux Falls University back in his home state of South Dakota.

He returned to Hawaii where he began his career as a ditch-digger and met his wife, Beverly. Because of Bev's influence, Len went from ditch-digger to corporate Vice President within one and a half years and his career was off and running. They have lived and worked in Hawaii, California, South Dakota, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Texas and are now back in their old home of Chattanooga. They have been married 36 years and have a 21 year-old son attending college.