Top 10 Recession Survival Tips To Help With Student Loans
December 28, 2012

Entering today’s daunting job market while also carrying a big burden of student loans can be intimidating. With the right tools, though, you’re absolutely capable of creating your own success. Success is a relative term; it means something somewhat different to all of us. With that in mind, it’s up to each of us to follow our hearts into the ocean of opportunity that emerges when we summon the courage to trust our own path. Look to these top tips on how to realize your own potential and succeed financially and spiritually in the midst of recession.

1. Use Networking

People skills are a must and so much opportunity will come your way by knowing the right people. Water seeks it’s own level; you know who you’re drawn to. Follow your instincts by getting to know the people who stimulate you and exciting new doors will open.

2. Maintain A Polished Résumé

You want a résumé that is neat, organized, stylized and professional. One of the tricks to a polished résumé is using your written skills to really sell yourself. This means not only a polished employment of grammar and syntax but also allowing your personality and positive attitude to shine through your writing.

3. Be Confident

Confidence is a must. To stand out from the crowd you must be forward-looking and trust in yourself. Employers want to know who you are and what you’re capable of; the only way to show them is with the confidence to stand up and be heard. Inevitably, you will face rejection in this world; it’s unavoidable. The real test is how you handle it. Take the hit, learn what you can and move on; don’t let it shake your confidence.

4. Be Proactive

Even if you’re having a hard time finding your dream job, you’ll want to take what you can get in order to accrue some real world work experience. There’s something to be learned from any job so long as you look close and work with what you have.

5. Research Your Options

In any field there are many sub-fields. If you’re interested in an area, do all the research you can about what kind of opportunities exist of or relating to whatever drew you to the area in the first place.

6. Polish Your Interview Skills

You’re credentials are important, but a lot of that is on your résumé. A person-to-person interview is all about the connection and showing your potential employer who you are as a person. Remember to stay open, connected and most importantly: be yourself.

7. Take Chances

There’s no reward without risk. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, both in terms of what jobs you apply for and pushing your personality to the edge during interviews and on your résumé.

8. Stay Open To New Opportunities

Life seldom ever turns out the way you think it will. You may think you know exactly what direction you want to take, but you may be surprised at the things you never really considered that suddenly peak your interest. Keep your eyes open so you don’t miss the signals when they appear.

9. Work On Self-Awareness

As you gain more experience, self-awareness will grow. But it isn’t completely a passive process; it’s a journey you’ll be well served by paying attention to and encouraging. Be aware of what skill sets you have to offer employers; know your strengths and your limitations; discover what motivates you; and come to better understand your own interests.

10. Never Fear Asking For Help

It’s important to develop and embrace your own support system. Family and friends are there to listen and to help. There are also career counselors to help you on the more professional side. Also, one reason you’ve been working on networking is so you have professional contacts you can call on for assistance. On top of all this, you can ease your mind about your student loans while you’re focusing on the job market by turning to student aid organizations that exist to help borrowers manage student debt.