June 23, 2018

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5 Things That Will INSTANTLY Make You More Employable

Whether you were fired, laid off, let go, or just quit your job, itís important to find activities that will make you more employable when youíre out of work. Otherwise, youíll have a hard time keeping up with qualified job candidates who arenít desperate for a job.

Also, youíll have a lot of explaining to do when it comes to addressing gaps on your resume. Your goal is to fill those gaps with productive activities that are relevant to your field.

So, when youíre unemployed, donít waste valuable time just sitting around applying to jobs online. Instead, make yourself more employable by doing one of these resume boosters:

1. Upskilling.

Upskilling is one of the best ways to give your resume a boost. Think about skill sets that would give you an edge in your industry or target job. Then, determine how you can get those skill sets. Consider certificate programs, online courses, workshops, free webinars and video tutorials, or professional clubs. Even though youíre not currently working, youíre proactively finding ways to stay relevant in your industry. That fact alone can give you a huge leg up in your job search.

2. Temp Work.

Working with temp agencies (or staffing agencies) is a great in-between-jobs option for professionals. These agencies will match you with companies and place you in temporary jobs. This type of work can lead job seekers to some great opportunities because it allows them to get paid for their work (although minimal), network with different companies, figure out which companies could be a good fit, and potentially receive a full-time job at one of the companies.

3. Part-Time Work.

If you can find a part-time job that allows you to hone your current skill sets or build new ones, this is another great way to get a paycheck as well as fill those pesky resume gaps. Remember, while it would be ideal to find something in your industry, you donít always have to do that. Think about what transferable skills you can gain from a part-time opportunity. How will the skills you use in this part-time job transfer to your target job?

4. Volunteering.

While it doesnít pay, volunteering is a great way to keep yourself busy, sharpen your skill sets, and network with like-minded people. Find organizations in your area that relate to your field or interests and start making a difference in your community!

5. Blogging.

When blogging first came on the scene, people used it as a way to share their diaries, opinions, and useless knowledge with the world (no, I donít need to know about how your date went last night). While some still use blogging as a tool to share their personal lives with the world, others use it more strategically Ė and you should, too! Think about your industry. What advice, insight, ideas, or issues can you write about? Writing about things that matter in your field can help you establish yourself as an expert in your industry. So, when recruiters Google you and they see that youíve been actively writing about your industry, youíll score brownie points because youíre taking steps to be a thought leader in your field. (And most employers dig thought leaders.)

So, instead of spending all of your time sitting on your couch simultaneously searching for jobs while watching reruns of ďFriends,Ē find ways to stay active in your field while job searching. It can really pay off!

Author: Ariella Commbs


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