If you’ve been out of the job market for awhile, getting back in can seem daunting. Consider these five tips to help increase your odds of success in finding that perfect new job:
1. Resumes and Cover Letters
Your resume is pivotal in your quest for employment, so be sure it’s updated, accurate, attention-getting, free of typos and includes all of your pertinent information. If you’ll be applying for different types of jobs, you might consider creating multiple resumes and cover letters that are expertly crafted and slanted toward the different fields and job types.
2. Polish Those Interview Skills
It’s probably been awhile since you’ve been interviewed, so get some practice by doing some trial runs. Have a partner sit with you and ask tough interview questions; consider recording yourself on video to see how you come across. Watching it back and receiving feedback from your interview partner will allow you to hone your interview skills before the real thing.
3. Get Out There and Network
Networking can prove highly beneficial if you’ve been out of the job market for awhile. Being recommended or referred is an excellent way to land a job. Get in touch with former co-workers and past colleagues to let them know you’re in the market for a job. Circulate with people in your chosen field by attending public networking events.
4. Social Media
Online social media is another effective way to network and get the word out that you’re looking for a job. Set up a professional profile on LinkedIn and post your intentions on all your social media accounts. You might also consider making an "online resume" — a digital, multi-media version of the traditional paper resume.
5. Career Events and Job Fairs
Career fairs and job-related events can help put you directly in touch with potential employers and recruiters, allowing you to talk up your skills and have your questions answered. Take advantage of these free events.
Lastly, remember to stay upbeat. These five tips and having a positive attitude just might be your winning formula for job search success.