Sad unemployed man

Sometimes unemployment can be an opportunity for you reset and plan for your dream job. Whether you recently graduated, in the middle of career transition or you just got laid off from your current job. This feeling can be overwhelming especially when you keep applying and you are yet to get to the congratulation message. Why not start allocating some time each week to increase your chances of becoming hirable?

Here are a few thing you can do to become employable:

  1. Become A Volunteer: Volunteering can increase your chances of being hired if you’re strategic. It builds your confidence and sense of purpose with accrued experience in your field when you volunteer at certain organizations. It also help you get out of the house and meet people.
  2. Network: There are two parts to networking; It’s either you start reconnecting with your old contacts or forming new ones depending on where you are in your career. When trying to make new contact, It does not necessarily have to be a contrived event where everyone wears name tags, it can simply be making friends in your industry: like going to industry events and strike-up conversations with people. It is important to meet executives and senior people in the industry, but it is also important to make friends with your peers. Not only will they be the people who come up in the industry with you, but they will often hear about job opportunities in their firm or around the industry, they are a source of support and information. So do not dismiss building relationships with your peers, ultimately those connections may be more enduring and important to your career and enrich your life in ways connections.
  3. Learn A Skill: The job marketer is becoming competitive by the day. Taking stock of your skills and acquiring new skills that is relevant in your desired field is a very productive way to improve yourself as you are applying for jobs. Look for certifications courses or training you could take, most especially taking advantage of courses offered for free. Having acquired relevant skillsets, refresh your resume as this may make your job hunt easier.
  4. Build An Online Presence: The world has gone digital; Create your own social media profile/portfolio where you can showcase your experience and achievements. Find people and companies in your field you’re interested in working for, follow them that way you learn about their interest and you can engage with them online.
  5. Freelance: Aside the flexibility and working untraditional hours, freelancing is a great way to boost your skills, resume, portfolio, professional network, income and confidence. While working being a freelancer, you have enough time for you to take interviews and do some job searches.

Good luck and hang in there, good times are coming.

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