Nowadays, getting a job when you are fresh out of college is hard but it is even harder if you have gaps in your resume.
Increasingly more employers are looking for fresh graduates or people with a lot of experience, which means that getting a job when unemployed might be hard. However, you should not lose hope.
Point to Something Productive
During a job interview, you need to have an answer when the interviewer asks what you have been doing for the past few months.
If you have been spending most of your time watching TV, you should find something productive to do.
You can do the following:
Take a class – it does hurt to gain more knowledge. If you can afford to take more classes, you should do it to improve your resume.
Volunteer – you can volunteer your time at local shelters to help others and yourself. You do not have to add your volunteering gigs to your resume but they will give you something to say during interviews.
Sign up for job training courses – in some states, you can sign up for a free job-training course. Once you finish this course, it will be easier to find the right job.
Communicate Your Value
If you can be able to show your potential employer how you plan to solve his problem, your job is done. Start practising how to talk about yourself in social settings.
For instance, when a person asks how you are doing, you should reply as if you are in an interview. The better you become at talking this way, the more convincing you will sound during interviews.
Look at Your Resume and Cover Letter
If you have to apply for jobs for months and not been able to find one, you should start looking at your cover letter and resume more closely.
Although a strong resume cannot guarantee you a job, it will open the right doors for you.
If you are applying for a job in a non-traditional industry, you should consider sending a creative resume because traditional resumes might not work for such jobs.
Blog and Tweet
Because most employers are taking advantage of social networks and using them to screen job applicants, you need to keep your social media profiles up-to-date.
You should also look for blogs related to your industry and remain active on them. Moreover, you can attend professional association meetings if you want to meet potential employers.
Look for temporary Jobs
If you get a temporary job opportunity, you should not dismiss it. Because you do not have any better offers, you should consider taking that temporary job then give it your all.
You never know, your new employer might decide to give you a permanent position.
Consider Changing Careers
If you have been laid off from a job that was not giving you much satisfaction, you should consider a different career path.
What are you passionate about?
Once you figure this out, you should take classes to make yourself more prepared for the new career direction.
Take a Vacation
Although this is probably the last thing on your mind, you should consider taking a vacation to clear your head. Moreover, when you find a new job, you will not get the chance to go on vacation.
If you are unemployed, the above tips will come in handy when looking for a job. Make sure that you learn new skills and refresh your knowledge; doing so will make you more hirable.
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