So you’ve dusted off your interview suit and are now back on the job hunt after an extended unemployment period. Maybe you’ve been searching this whole time, but to no avail. Either way, many job seekers feel highly discouraged when unemployment goes on longer than planned. Sometimes you feel as if your whole life, not just your career, has derailed. What you need is a new game plan to revitalize your career search.
First and foremost, you must recognize your own worth if you want others to see it. Most employers understand that the recession hit many workers hard, and you need to make that compassion and understanding work for you. With more than 40 years in the staffing industry, the elite recruiters at Malone Staffing Solutions have extensive behind-the-scenes knowledge, and we’re going to share with you four secrets to boost your job hunt after a long break from employment.
Give your resume a makeover
No matter how beautiful or articulate the resume, there is a reason yours isn’t making it to the top of the applicant pile. You need to make your application stand out from the rest. Check out the company’s mission statement and insert their keywords into your resume and cover letter. Update your skills to emphasize those listed in the job description. Be honest, but be targeted. Get their attention by being the best match.
Explain Your Work Gaps
Do you have some employment gaps that need addressing? In your cover letter, address both the gaps and what you were doing during this time. Even though that bookstore retail job doesn’t really apply to your accounting skills, you should still include it on your resume. Working these kinds of jobs isn’t a blight; it means you are determined, hardworking and committed to your priorities. If the position doesn’t require a cover letter, be proactive. Email or mail an explanation to the HR manager, the department chair or the workplace supervisor.
Get back in touch with your network
Remember Bob from the manufacturing department? Where is he now? What about the friends you made from the accounting team at that big downtown firm? A network of positive referrals could be your ticket to a full-time career. Make time in your job search for networking. Give them a call or shoot them a message on social media. Find out what opportunities they have caught wind of and ask them to keep your name in mind if anything new comes up.
Take a new approach
You don’t have to go at this alone. Job consultants, employment coaches and staffing agencies are all great resources to help you land your next job. These qualified professionals can help you with resume writing, interviewing and, most importantly, making connections. Because of their tight client relationships, staffing firms have access to hidden opportunities.
Partnering with Malone Staffing Solutions can open doors to positions at some of the best companies in Cleveland and beyond. We treat you like a person, getting to know your individual skills, talents and goals so that we can find the absolute best place for you. Whether you want a temporary, temp-to-hire or a direct placement, we can help jump start your job search and get your future started. Contact us today!