Broke and Unemployed? 5 Ways to Save Money While Job-Hunting

moneymoneySometimes in order to make money you have to spend money. When hunting for a new job, there can be expenses you need to be prepared to handle to go through the hiring process. It can be difficult for some who are without a stable income and paycheck but there are ways to save money and still go after the job you are seeking.

Click-through for 5 ways to keep spending to a minimum when looking for a new job.

Update Your Wardrobe on the Cheap (and Logical)

Interviewing for a job requires a professional appearance no matter what kind of position you are applying for or what your gender may be. Clothing can put a big dent in your wallet if you are not handling your wardrobe properly. Before making any purchases, go through your closet and get rid of outdated pieces you no longer wear. Sell these items through private sales or consignment stores.

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The money you earn can be reallocated into your wardrobe fund. Add new pieces that will not go out of style. You can add trendy accessories more affordably than new clothing to keep your look fresh. Don't pass up a browsing session through a local consignment shop where you can find classic pieces in great condition at much more reasonable prices.

Be Presentable on Your Budget

You don't need a high-cost salon haircut to be professional but you do need to consider your appearance. There are many cosmetology schools that offer low-cost and sometimes even free services including makeovers, makeup lessons, haircuts, and shaves. Students are providing the services under supervision as part of their classroom learning and could always use real people experience while saving you a lot of money.

Enlist a Friend

There are many services you can pay for to have a great resume crafted or to help you find a job. Before paying for such services, ask around your circle of friends. You may know several people with natural writing skills or refined job-hunting skills who would be happy to help you land your next job for no charge at all.

Go Public

If you are having difficulties due to a lack of Internet or computer technology, visit the local public library or career center. Many job opportunities will not be listed in the local newspaper and you'll need to be able to expand your search. Public transportation is also a good way to cut down on costs. Gas prices are still high and it can get expensive driving to interviews and to fill out applications. Use public buses whenever possible or ride your bike for physical exercise to cut down on costs of gas, wear and tear on your vehicle, and parking.

Be Reachable

When you are applying for jobs but are limited on resources, it is still vital to be sure you are reachable. If you are sending out resumes with a cell phone number that is no longer connected, it's going to cost you a potential job opportunity. Make sure the contact information you are supplying is current and that you have access to a reliable phone and answering machine or voice mail. Check yard sales and research affordable pay-as-you-go cell phone plans to be used only for job searching. You'll also need to remain committed to checking your email for replies even if you have to visit the library one or two times a day.

-By Anna Newell Jones

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