One of the most important things you’re probably doing if you don’t have a job at the moment is job hunting. But did you know that aside from sending out your CV, there are some other tasks you should be doing while you’re unemployed? Here’s what you can do in the meantime to make yourself more employable during your job search!
Keep your skills current
Now is the ideal time to expand your skillset. Take advantage of the extra time you have on your hands and enrol in some classes or online lessons. Research the most in-demand skills that employers are looking for and use your time to work on those skills.
Volunteering while you’re unemployed can improve your chances of getting hired. Lend your skills and expertise to a non-profit that needs some pro-bono help. This will also help keep your skills current and relevant. Plus, volunteering experience always looks good on your resume and lets potential employers know you give back to the community regardless of your employment status.
Build your network
Whether you reconnect with old contacts or work on making new ones, networking is a big part of finding a new job. Reach out to your old contacts (old employers and even lecturers) and let them know you’re in the market for a new role. Ask for their advice and whether they know about any opportunities. Keep the contact fresh and regularly follow up. You can expand your network by joining in on industry networking events. These are great opportunities to connect with new people and those that share your interests.
Work on your online presence
It’s more important to have a strong online presence today than it has ever been. Hiring managers will search for you online to try and get an idea of the kind of employee you will be. You want your social accounts to represent you in the best way possible. You also want your presence to align with what’s currently trending in your industry.
There’s no use wasting your time when you’re unemployed or randomly applying for jobs you’re not qualified for. Instead, be specific with your time and focus on what’s important. Do whatever it takes to make yourself more hireable and use this time to build on and refresh your skills. Ready to start applying for roles that correlate with your skills and experience? Start browsing Adzuna’s listings today!