Some unemployment does not mean you have to quit. We’ve compiled tips from experts and applications for basic skills to help you get back into the job market.
“There’s a misperception that if you’re unemployed, you don’t know anything,” said David Christian, a CPA and career coach in West Virginia. “Find out what you do well.” Christian has found that, for those who are good writers, there are probably lots of jobs. “You can find a lot of positions through the Web,” he said.
As your market searches come up, don’t hesitate to speak with the hiring manager, Christian advised. “If they’re hiring someone specific, make sure you’re qualified,” he said.
Having your own personal website or networking site like LinkedIn is also a way to gain the attention of employers, he said.
As your prospects begin to improve, Christian recommends:
– Be grateful for what you’ve found. “Empathy for others is very important,” he said.
– Establishing a good rapport with people you meet on the job market will increase your chances of being hired down the road.
– Set a goal to get a “networking buzz” with every new position you take. It’s about keeping your resume consistent.
– Be willing to do “collaborative work” at a new job.