Here are a few tips to consider as you search for a new employment.
Reinvent Your Brand
Perhaps you want to change careers entirely. Or maybe you yearn for a fresh opportunity in your current job path. Whatever your case may be, take a step back, reevaluate yourself and consider ways in which you could update or acquire new skills.
Check with your local community college to see if they offer classes on subjects that pertain to your career choice. Sometimes a little extra knowledge will show employers that you possess the initiative to learn more. Also, your local career center or library might offer free or low-cost job training workshops on a variety of subjects.
Many schools offer online courses, which could be an option for you. If you are currently unemployed, your local employment agency might offer government funding or programs for job-seekers that want to enroll in training or continue their education. Additional resources for your state of residence may be found on the U.S. Department of Labor website at Dol.Gov.
Revisit Your Resume
Some employers use electronic scanning and special software to single out resumes that include specific keywords. The keywords may be terms used in the job posting or common jargon typical to a profession or industry. You should try to think of specific skills, qualities, talents, knowledge and abilities crucial to a particular position and tailor your resume to each job posting you apply for.
In addition, make sure all information is up to date and there are no spelling errors. If you have a job or career center in your area, check to see if they offer resume writing or editing services. Also, you may be able to find free or low-cost resume writing help at LiveCareer.com. In addition, don’t forget services and help offered through your local library.
Start A Blog Or Website
Starting a website can help you showcase your skills and demonstrate your ability to use modern technology. Sites like GoDaddy.com or Bluehost.com are low cost while WordPress.com offers many simple templates free of charge. If the idea of creating a website intimidates you, consider starting a blog that showcases your skills and talents. For ideas, go online and search “premade blog templates”.
Consider Temp Work
Temporary agencies may be a good source of income. Although jobs through agencies may be a temporary at first, some opportunities may eventually result in full-time employment.
Many positions in today’s competitive market are filled through networking. Let all of your friends, family, and acquaintances know that you are looking for a job.
It may also be wise to create a profile on LinkedIn.com, a business networking web site that gives you the opportunity to “link in” with former business associates or people that work in your industry.
Contact your former college’s alumni office or visit their web site to see if they feature job postings for alumni.
Consider volunteering in your community while you search for employment. For example, if you work in the advertising or marketing field, help a charity organize a fundraiser event.
In addition to dedicating your time to a worthwhile cause, you will be networking, making important contacts and demonstrating the skills you have. Someone looking for a skilled employee like you could offer you a position or refer you to another colleague in your field.