Being unemployed can be a major cause of stress for an individual. The anxiety of finding a job within the shortest time possible does not help reduce the stress either.
When you are out of work, the thought of employers turning you down because of the unimpressive jobs you may have been taking and can give you a lot to worry about. The huge employment gaps on the résumé will not give you any peace of mind either. Even then, you don’t have to panic.
A recent survey showed that potential employers sympathize with such circumstances. A gap of more than six months makes an unemployed person feel that it will affect their chances of finding work negatively. But based on the survey this is often not the case.
The good news for job seekers is that in filling these gaps with activities you show potential employers that you are developing your skill. This will make them overlook your unemployed and focus more on the skills you add to their teams.
Experts and employers have suggested a number of activities you can take up as a way of expanding, building and strengthening your skills. This will help increase your marketability. When involved in the suggested activities, you will be illustrating to employers that you take your career development seriously.
Of importance is that you make a connection in the ways that class, volunteer work, blog and temporary employment helps you prepare for your next job. When done successfully, the employment gaps won’t be an issue.
Take A Temporary Or Contract Assignment
Taking up a temporary assignment or a contract job is highly recommended. This gives you the opportunity to show people what your capabilities are. When your work is great during the contract and temporary employment, the person who hired you is likely to put in your name for permanent employment.
Any assignment both temporary and contractual helps you build on your resume as well as your experience. This also helps keep you busy therefore you do not keep stressing about being unemployed. So all the jobs you take are bringing you closer to your next permanent employment.
Another thing for you to consider doing during your unemployed period is volunteer work. Engaging in volunteer work makes you marketable and also tells potential employers something about you as an individual.
Volunteering shows that you care about others and that you are passionate about what you do. This also demonstrates to potential employers that money to you is not the most significant thing. One thing to bear in mind is that when companies are hiring, they go for people of integrity and character in addition to them being able to do the job.
Take A Class
During the unemployment period, taking a class is an asset for you. For you to be able to grow and expand in your career, you will need the technical competence, thus learning never ends. When you take a class in the field of your career shows potential employers that you are serious when it comes to your work. This also shows employers that you take initiative something that employers look out for when hiring. In addition to taking a class, you get the opportunity to network.
Through networking, you will be better placed on hearing of companies that are hiring. You can start by updating your resume and give to your contacts. When a resume is directly handed to a hiring manager by someone working in the company, it is bound to get much attention.
Expand and build the network of your contacts through professional organizations and social media. Let your family, friends and your professional contacts know that you are in search of a job. Ask people you know for help in finding connections to organizations you may be interested in.
Start A Professional Blog
Another way of putting yourself and your expertise is by starting a professional blog. This is a good opportunity for you to market your skill set to potential employers. Through the blog, you get people to see your expertise in your field. You also get the opportunity to convey your passion, learn and gain knowledge through blogging thus you stand out from the rest. Employers will see you as someone who, during their job search, takes initiative about something they care about: that is your career.
Unemployed can be a major cause of stress for anyone. The anxiety of finding a job within the shortest time possible adds further to the stress. There are however a number of activities suggested by experts and employers that when you take up will help expand, building and strengthening your skills. One thing to remember is to make a connection with how class, volunteer work, blog and temporary employment will help you prepare for your next job.
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