Use what’s available

Published 11:47 am Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Almost every industry is feeling the crunch of the economy and companies are downsizing.

There’s more work to be done and fewer employees to do it. Both employees and employers are becoming frustrated, but there are options most people rarely think about.

Try to find an intern. Several companies have put a halt on hiring new graduates, and students in college are becoming frustrated with the possibilities of finding a job.

More and more students have decided to secure additional internships even after graduation to help them receive experience and possibly land a job after completing an internship.

Most local colleges and universities have an internship coordinator who works with businesses to post internship opportunities online and on campus.

Typically these students are so eager to gain real work life experience they will go above and beyond in making sure they perform each task with great detail.

Realize you are both providing a service to each other. In return for the work your intern provides, you can introduce them to people in the community who could possibly assist them with a job after their internship and you will be a valuable reference to their resume.

Another option is working with senior citizen programs such as Positive Maturity. These programs assist adults 50 years old and above in re-entering the workforce on a part-time or volunteer basis depending on their personal needs and interests.

Another great resource can be your local high schools. Students are often looking for after school work and that may be just what you need to get some of the daily administrative tasks handled.

Decide what type of jobs you need performed, then use the resources you have around you to help lighten your load at the office.