This article provides four career tips to guide job seekers return to work.
A good place to start is to identify your own ideal job, listing the kind of work you would be doing, along with the qualifications, experiences and personal qualities required to do them.
The next step is to develop a competency-based resume. This type of resume highlights your current knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's), irrespective of where they come from. The competency categories used will depend upon your composite of KSA's that align with your ideal job. The balance of your resume should chronologically outline your work history, work experience, voluntary work, committee or community involvements and education. You may like to highlight any awards received or languages spoken. You can include hobbies and career goals, but exclude personal details such as age, DOB, marital status, or health. To make it easier for potential employers to contact you, it is a good idea to include your contact details on each page of your resume.
Each week, for the top two positions that best match your ideal job:
You may find it useful to develop contacts with those already in the field. Whilst it is not effective to directly ask for a job, you can certainly keep in touch regularly, let them know of your interests, and seek their opinion on your job prospects. Not only will you have the benefit of knowing what else to do to get in, but they will be more likely to think of you when an opportunity presents itself.
Remember that finding a job is a full time job. There may be many 'knock backs' before you get that job offer. You may find it worth your while to come and see Dr. Rachel Abramson during this phase. However, when the time comes, you may find yourself receiving several jobs offers simultaneously. So, be patient, keep your chin up, keep smiling and keep looking.
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