Four things to do to increase job opportunities when you are unemployed

Everyday new technologies enter the work place, making previously learned skills obsolete. As technologies change and the employment world evolves, employers want to ensure they are employing fully qualified and skilled workers. The costs of recruiting and onboarding new workers is very high and employers don’t want to take risks on an inefficient employee.

For these reasons you may be worried about having a gap on your resume. Being out of work for a few months is not good. Not having a job for years can be worse and May stress you out.

You may think that taking a few years off work to be a stay at home parent, take care of a family member, have a mental health break, or even just to have some time to yourself may have permanently impacted your career and made job search impossible.

But no one should be punished for taking time off from work. So how do you undo the negative effects of a career gap and ensure that not only are your skills up to date but employers are aware of this too?

There is hope. Continue reading to find out.

1. Your resume is the tool to convey the desired information.
Your resume (or job application) is the link between yourself and potential employers. Use it to convey your recent skills and achievements. Include your achievements and professional education information at the top of your resume so employers are aware of your most recent qualifications.

2. Use short courses or professional education programs to keep your skills up to date.
The world is fast evolving. Nothing stays the same. Technologies change, information changes, and the way things are done all evolve. Taking regular short professional education trainings and lectures will ensure your skills are always up to date and you are aware of the changes in your industry. Many professional organizations offer online and in person trainings along with CPE credits or certificates that you can take advantage of.

3. Network with professionals regularly.
Socializing is good for mental health and work life balance. But it can also serve as a way to stay up to date on industry news and information. In addition, networking is one of the best ways to find employment opportunities. For these reasons, connect with coworkers and members of professional organizations and network often.

4. Don’t underestimate the benefits of professional events.
Your local business council or professional organization may hold member events regularly. These are great ways to stay connected to your professional life. One of the greatest benefits of attending professional events is boosting confidence and seeing yourself in a professional way, which is vital for becoming successful in job search and job interviews.

Use the above tips to negate the negative effects of a long career gap and convey your skills to future employers.

Radeya Global provides top quality career rebranding, career guidance and resume optimization. Our clients have obtained jobs at top multinational companies. If you need help with career rebranding, career development or resume optimization, email today.


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