Having to re-enter the job market after not having to do so for an extended period of time can be a frustrating, fearful and overwhelming task. Thankfully, technology has made it easier than ever to reconnect with former colleagues, network, search job posts, and market yourself.
Follow these 5 tips to help you re-enter the workforce at the top of your game!
Harvard Business School, states that 65 to 85 percent of jobs are found through networking. Reconnect with old colleagues on LinkedIn, let family and friends know that you’re looking to get back into the workforce, and embrace personal connections to help you land that perfect job.
2. Social media strategy
Social media is more than a fun way to connect with friends – it can also help you land a job.TweetMyjobs.com reported that about 30% of job seekers use social media as their primary job search tool. Tweet actively, and follow companies and individuals that interest you. Let friends on Facebook know that you’re looking. Follow forums in a field that you’re interested in, jump in on conversations to share your thoughts. Create a Pinterest board with jobs that you’re interested in, and even post your resume on Pinterest to spread the word!
3. Make yourself visible and irresistible
Keeping a personal food or fashion blog? Your personal blog can be your biggest career asset and can help you get ahead in your job search by showcasing your writing style and your personality. Sites like about About.me or Flavors.me also make it simple and fun to market yourself, your blog, Linkedin profile, press and other vital information all in one place. Carefully select the information you plan to share when creating your professional online presence. It’s imperative to balance your online quality and quantity!
4. Don’t just say it, prove it!
Think you’re an Excel expert?…Show just how much you know! Look beyond what you learned in school. It’s important to take a step back, reflect on your day-to-day activities and assess your skills — traditional or not. Sometimes your favorite hobby can be a career asset.
5. Craft a CV that’s unique to you!
You are an extraordinary individual, so make sure that your CV represents YOU! Think outside the box. If you’re a graphic designer or someone in a creative field, design an infographic resume (Mashable’s Erica Swallow gives 4 Simple tools for Creating an Infographic Resume). Looking in a more conservative field? You can still add character to your traditional resume by showing off your Smarterer skills badges in the skills section of your resume!
Use this as an opportunity to get to know yourself better again, re-connect with people you know and re-market. Just because you are without a job, does not mean you are without valuable skills, knowledge, abilities and potential.
This entry was posted on Smarterer on April 2, 2012 by Elizabeth Dobrska.