Unemployed? Here’s What You Need to Do

Unemployment rates are high and the downtime that you will have to endure while searching for a job will likely be longer than you’d like or expect. On average it takes about 24 business days to fill positions, but there are things that you can do during the waiting process. Here are the top things that you can do to make your job search more effective.

  1. Get Connected: It’s a great idea to get involved in the community that you are seeking employment in. You can do this by volunteering your time and joining professional groups for networking purposes. This is a viable way to get your name and face out into the community and allows you to keep an ear out for open positions.
  2. Connect Online: Start polishing up your LinkedIn profile as soon as you become unemployed. Once your profile looks good, start establishing new contacts and link any old colleagues or friends that may be able to get your name in somewhere for an interview.
  3. Fine Tune Your Resume: A lot has changed when it comes to resumes since the last time you updated yours. It’s important that you do your research and maybe even ask someone that has experience with resumes to take a look for you. Make sure that you create a resume for each position you are applying to as well. If you are getting good feedback and lots of calls for interviews, don’t change anything. If you are not getting much of a response then it’s a good idea to do some tweaking.
Morgan, H. (2014, August 27). 11 Tips for the Newly Unemployed. Retrieved August 29, 2014, from http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/08/27/11-tips-for-the-newly-unemployed?int=9a9808

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