For those looking for work, summer can seem like a long time to hold your breath and wait for someone, somewhere, to realize how talented you really are.
Unemployment: the beginning of a new adventure
How can we use a period of unemployment? Doing nothing might be fun for a time, but won’t get you anywhere.
Today, everyone can be confronted with being unemployed. It is not an easy or comfortable situation. However, it could have some advantages. It is easier to see these advantages if we get over the past and think about the future.
Here are some ideas of things to do between jobs. If you know your target and the position you are looking for, you can start by doing a simple job market analysis that can help you find the information you are looking for.
Have a helicopter view
First, it is important to decide who you should target. If you would like to start with recruiters, for example, some pertinent questions may be: Do I have contacts in the area or at a specific company? Is my profile competitive? Do I have the skills that the recruiters are looking for? What is my added value? Once you have the answers to these questions, you can start a plan of action.
Depending on your targets, some of the actions may be: Activate your network and extend it. Increase your visibility. Prepare targeted applications. Make sure that you have a pitch that shows exactly what you can offer. Explore options for training to improve any skills in which you are lacking.
An important part of finding a job is to be proactive. You can do so by, for example, sending unsolicited applications. If you receive negative replies, ask what is missing in your application. This is the best way to improve your chances of finding your ideal job.
Job hunting can be a long process, but you need only one yes to start a new adventure. Being at the right place at the right time and meeting the right person are also key.
As a last piece of advice, never hesitate to ask for help. Many others have been in your situation before.
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