Many of us have gone through an unemployment slump. Whether we were laid off or in hopes of a new opportunity, many people have found themselves without a job. During this time, it is important to maintain and continue to grow yours skills. Often times, employers will look past your period of unemployment and appreciate your continued efforts to grow as a worker. Here are some things you can do to boost your resume and hireability while looking for a new job.
1. Temporary/Contract Jobs
Temp jobs or contract jobs are great way to keep your skills sharp and continue to build your portfolio. Even though the job will only last for a short time, you can still let your abilities shine through your work. Showing that you can do great work for a job that has an expiration date is an indicator to employers that you have strong work ethic and integrity.
In our socially and environmentally aware society, volunteer work can go a long way when applying for jobs. It allows employers to catch a glimpse of your character and shows that money isn’t number one.
There are many great resources out there for people of all industries and skills. Attending a seminar on your industry or participating in a webinar shows employers that you want to grow as an employee. Having employees who are willing to learn and know that there is always room for improvement are invaluable.
4. Take Classes
It’s time to go back and hit the books! A great way to further your career and impress employers is to take classes while you’re unemployed. Many community colleges offer individual classes as well as online classes. It never hurts to learn more about your field or learn a new industry. You may find you will qualify for a variety of positions by taking classes that focus on different aspects of your industry.
5. Join Professional Organizations
Professional organizations not only provide a plethora of resources in speakers and industry materials, but also in networking. By attending events put on by these organizations, you can widen your network with people within your industry as well as add connections from other industries. By making these connections, your chances of getting a job increase through recommendations and a potential inside track to companies for which you are applying.
Unemployment doesn’t mean you spend your days on job sites in your PJs. It is essential to continue developing your skills and stay connected with those in your industry. If you need help in your job search, visit our homepage to set up an appointment with one of our recruiters. We are here to help!