Landing a new job takes a lot of effort. You can’t just be optimistic. You need action to back up your goals. If you just got back from a long break from work, for whatever reason, here are some tips to help you revive your job search:
1. Have realistic goals. Now that you’re starting to pick up the pieces, figure out what you’re really good at and how you can be of service to other companies. It’s better to focus on what you have to offer to find positions that will suit your expertise the most.
If you’re coming back from a long break, you have to make an effort to update your skills at some point. You don’t want your resume to end up at the bottom of the pile because you have outdated skills. Don’t let your break keep you from getting a job you truly deserve. Attend some seminars, learn a new skill related to your field, and gain more knowledge to help you compete with other applicants fairly.
2. Use the best tools. Make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile are updated in order to attract employers. If you haven’t been getting calls or interviews, it’s possible that you’re profile isn’t that appealing. Check your information for errors, including typos, misspellings, grammar issues, and other problems like formatting.
Don’t create a LinkedIn profile for the sake of having one. LinkedIn is an important tool if you want to be scouted by professionals in your field. Don’t have a carelessly created profile that waves red flags.
3. Be proactive. It’s okay to follow up on your applications whenever you’re a candidate for a position. Feel free to ask for advice and reach out to companies that are aligned with your goals. And whenever you can, attend different corporate events to help build your network. Take action to put yourself ahead of other applicants. Managers prefer hiring someone who has the initiative to solve problems from the get-go.