Over the past several weeks, I have had several businesses ask me to let them know if I hear of anyone looking for a job. These opportunities are anything from high to mid-level and down. My question is, ‘Are you looking for a job?’ If so, we have some tips for you:

First, be honest with yourself. Are you under/over qualified? Most of us started out in a position we were overqualified for and had to work hard to move up. Perhaps you aren’t yet qualified for the position you most want, and that’s okay too. Whether you are currently working for a company or are still seeking the “right” company, ask leadership if there is a “stepping stone” position that would better prepare you to move up to your desired position.

If you are looking for an opportunity with a new company, you are more likely to secure a position by going to the places you are most interested in working and asking for a minute to discuss how you can benefit their business.

Many restaurants start out paying their employees $10/hour. And, restaurants are great places to earn extra money if you already work full-time. Ask your favorite restaurant if they are hiring.

Free training programs are available for jobs that pay really well. The Alabama Career Center in Fort Payne offers many programs and assistance to help find, train and place individuals in jobs. And, Northeast Alabama Community College Workforce Development Programs offer training for skilled labor jobs. These are excellent resources to assist you in securing a good job.

Oh, and don’t forget the many employment agencies that can help in your job search.

Folks, there is nothing wrong with working hard, and sometimes that means working hard to find a job. Sure, we’d all like to sit with our toes in the sand on some far away utopian island, but, in reality, most of us need to work. And, in doing so, we do our part to contribute to society. Plus, we’re setting good examples for our children. And, though I feel blessed in my role, I know I want my kids to do better than I have done. I think most parents feel that way.

By the way, don’t forget to sell yourself with confidence and positivity. A positive attitude goes a long way during the interview process.

You can visit www.fortpaynechamber.com to find a listing of our Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce members, please check with them first when looking for employment.

Now, get to work!