Money-Saving Tips for the Job Seeker

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Searching for a job can be expensive. If you’ve got a good job already and are looking for something even better, you probably don’t need to worry about your finances. However, if you’re searching for work because you were laid off or because your current salary just isn’t cutting it, figuring out how to maximize your chances of finding a job without breaking your bank account can be very important. Try the following tips to help save money during your job search.

– Use the library. Many libraries are chock full of job-search resources. Rather than buying a book on perfecting your resume or nailing the job interview, see what’s available for free at your local library. You may even be able to cancel your Internet service at home and take advantage of your library’s network instead.

– Borrow. If it’s been a while since your last job hunt, you may need to find yourself a new set of interview clothes. Buying those clothes can be expensive, so see if you can avoid this by turning to your friends. If a friend of yours has an extra suit that fits you and is willing to lend it to the cause, you may save a lot of money. Even if your friends can’t help out, charitable organizations may be able to step in, depending on your income.

– Stick to your budget and be proactive. Don’t wait until your bank account reads zero before figuring out how you’re going to deal with an income shortfall during your job search. Determine where you can cut back and whether you’ll need help meeting your debts. Creditors may be willing to work with you if you explain the situation to them, rather than just skipping payments.

– Get help from friends. It’s tough to beat the resumes produced by professional writers, but if you have some friends who are good with grammar, you can at least rely on them to make sure that your application materials are free of outright errors. Friends may also be willing to help with rides to job interviews.

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