Before the scourge of Covid 19, the unemployment rate was at a record low under the Trump administration. Fast forward to December 2020 and the rate has almost doubled to 6.7%.
Have you lost your job because of the economic downturn? Being between jobs is a tough place to be right now with some states still demanding shutdowns.
It’s not easy to get back out there and hustle to find a new job. If you’re in the throes of a job search, stick around to learn some things that every job-seeker should do.
1. Update Your Resume
When is the last time you made any changes to your resume? If you’ve been gainfully employed for a number of years, you haven’t had the need to update it.
A lot has changed. Very often, resumes don’t even make it to the person who is doing the hiring.
A software program scans each resume looking for keywords and patterns. The score it receives determines whether it moves on to a human being or not.
Your best bet is to hire a professional to get your resume where it needs to be to pass the electronic and human tests.
It is still quite often all about who you know when trying to get a job. Use your network of people in the industry to get the word out that you are searching for a new job.
Find networking groups in your area. Go to conventions or job fairs. Put yourself out there and talk to people. Tell them you’re looking for a job.
Did your last employer have outplacement services to help you find a new job? What is outplacement? Check out this essential guide.
3. Check Your Digital Persona
There’s no way around it. Companies use a search engine to find out what they can about a potential employee.
Clean up your social media if there’s anything on there an employer may not find appropriate. Is there anything that might be a red flag? Clean it up before sending out your resumé.
4. Brush Up on What’s New
If you were in your last job for a while, things may have changed in your industry. And with a new administration in Washington, new regulations and other changes make it important to keep up with what’s new.
Stay on top of current events so you’re able to answer questions and converse confidently in an interview.
5. Create a Personal Website
Since you know a potential employer is going to type your name into a search box, give them something good to view.
Create a personal blog or website. You’ll stand out from the crowd. You can show your personality and commitment to your career.
From Job-Seeker to New Hire
Now that you know some of the things every job-seeker should do, you’ll be on your way to securing a new job. Don’t ever give up. If necessary, take a break and regroup in a day or two.
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