Ways to improve Employment chances whilst Unemployed

Ways to improve Employment chances whilst Unemployed

Improve Your Chances

If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself out of work when you didn’t want to be, then you will probably want to get back into work as soon as possible. Here we look at ways you can use your time to maximise your chances of securing a new role.

Make jobseeking a full time activity. Take advantage of the fact you have more leisure time to devote a lot of time to finding a job. Look at internet job boards and advertisements in newspapers and trade publications, contact recruitment agencies that specialise in the type of job you want, and contact people you have worked with previously and ask if they know of any opportunities. Brush up your CV, take some interview training and update your LinkedIn profile, as well as using this site to establish relevant new connections.

Take qualifications if appropriate, and if you can afford it. Given that you won’t have any income from employment coming in, you may not be in a position to take any courses or qualifications as you can’t afford the fees. However, if you can afford to do so, then this could represent a very positive step. Think about what courses and qualifications would boost your chances of getting a job in your preferred area – do some research on this if necessary. A prospective new employer may well be impressed if they see that you are studying, and welcome your desire to learn more and better yourself.

Volunteer. Doing voluntary work is certainly better than not doing anything at all during your period of unemployment. However, think carefully about what sort of volunteering will be best – ideally it should be something that allows you to display the same skills an employer in your business sector would welcome. Examples of skills you might be able to display in different voluntary activities include: written communication, verbal communication/presentation, teamworking, customer service, interpersonal, initiative etc.

Consider temporary work as a stop-gap. This will get you back in the work habit, display your skills and obtain new contacts. If you perform well, the role could also be made permanent.

Stay up to date with your business sector. One concern an employer may have about recruiting someone after a period out of work is that they may not be familiar with recent developments in the relevant business sector. So keep reading trade publications and visiting websites relevant to your line of work, and be prepared to talk about these new issues during interviews. You could perhaps start a blog where you report on and comment on industry developments, and thus demonstrate that you are keeping up to date.

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