There have been big changes in working conditions over recent years. There are now different types of jobs and the demand for workers has changes. You may need to learn new skills and upgrade your existing ones before you start job hunting. Returning to the workforce is not an easy task.
There are many reasons for being a job hunter. Takeover of companies, reorganisation redundancies, return to work after having a family, finishing studies or returning from travelling.
Confidence and self-esteem can be as important as retraining so make a self-revival plan from the start.
A good place to start your hunt would be to look at your connections; friends, present and former work colleagues and family members. Ask if they know of any positions that would suit you. If you don’t ask, you won’t receive.
Five of the best tips to help you find a new job
* Improve Your Image
Make sure you are well presented. If necessary, smarten up your appearance.
You need to make a good impression so put your best foot forward.
*Increase Your Confidence and Self-esteem
Join clubs and new organisations to meet new people. Be prepared to take on new responsibilities. This will help you build your confidence and widen your network of contacts.
Try new things. Get involved in new activities such as sport or interesting hobbies.
* Learn New Skills or Update Existing Ones
Study recent developments in communication skills and new communication technologies.
Enrol for courses to learn new skills and to meet new people. Many activities and new qualifications can be learned online.
Prepare a unique curriculum vitae (CV) or resume. Keep it simple, if it is too long winded it may not be read. What achievements are you proud of?
References from previous employers need to be available if required. Your referees should be notified before you go for a job interview as many may be contacted online, or by phone.
Get advice from someone working in recruitment. They can give you leads and tips on interviewing techniques.
* Start Job Hunting
Allocate time each day to job search. If you have access to the internet you don’t need to leave home.
Visit and sign up with several good recruitment agencies. They can put your name forward for suitable positions when they become available.
Set up a profile on a professional networking website such as Linkedin this will give you exposure and widen your opportunities.
Often potential employers will check you out in the social media. Remove any thing you do not wish them to read or see.
* Believe In Yourself
Prepare well for interviews and act confidently. Do your home work well. An annual report of the organisation is a good place to start. Chat to staff members about the business prior to your interview.
Don’t forget you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
Meanwhile, start working from home keeping regular ‘office’ hours. Keep busy! In my book “No Job! What Now?” (available online) you will find 45 suggestions for home based work.
Don’t sit and wait. You only fail when you give up. Take charge of your life – become the person you would like to be. Of course you can do it!
“If it to be, it’s up to me!”
Source: “No Job! What Now?” first published by Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand and by Cengage Learning Asia and as an e-book. Also available from Amazon.com and VitalSource bookshelf.