Looking For Work After a Long Break? Here’s What You Should Keep In Mind
The Job Market is Always Changing
Even if you’re just toying around with the idea of looking for a job, always keep this in the back of your mind. If you’ve been recently laid off from a job you’ve held for years, and you just don’t know what’s going to happen next, always remember that the job market is always changing and fluctuating, from highs to lows. Your next opportunity could be just around the corner.
Keeping On Top of Changes is Key
Even more important than thinking about it, is keeping track of changes. More often than not, job market changes tend to happen without a moment’s notice. They change with the blink of an eye. Either that, or you never notice it happening until it does, and by that time it’s too late. Stay ahead of the curve; track trends within your field or area of experience; be two steps ahead of the process. How? Reading and research is your friend! Don’t let your break or job lull keep you from keeping up with your career.
Your Comfort Zone Could Be Your Enemy
Don’t let your comfort zone box you in. If you’re unsure about whether or not you want to try something new or break into an industry you’ve never heard about, don’t hesitate to do your own independent research. Do a Google search of what you want to do. YouTube is an excellent source for learning things on the fly, too! If it’s a hands-on job, chances are you’ll find a place to learn it without having to pay to go to school.
Leveraging Your Experience and Skills Can Help
If you’ve been recently laid off from a job and are in the middle of a long job search, it’s more likely you’ll be leveraging your skills and expertise in a specific area rather than going head-first into a field you don’t really know anything about. However, that’s not to say you can leverage what you know, too. This can give you an advantage over the competition if you can both align your skills and your knowledge into a fine-tuned machine.
Being aggressive is something that a lot of people can’t really get behind. Aggressiveness can often be viewed negatively by others. However, it doesn’t have to be this way; you can be the friendliest person in the world, and still succeed at being aggressive without it costing you interviews and job offers. Aggressive in this sense means that you want to be on top of things, usually with: taking the initiative with a job interview; making follow-up calls and emails to potential employers; branching out with your connections to see if there’s anything you can do. This is a skill that’s tough to master, but it’ll pay off when you do. These types of things leave a specific impression that does not occur often in the recruiting world.
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