Finding a job when you already have one is often far easier than finding one when you have no source of income and your living costs are mounting. This can put people in a state of panic that makes smart, and rational decision-making nearly impossible. Fortunately, there are a few foolproof strategies that you can use to make your current circumstances a bit less bleak while ensuring that your CV is guaranteed to make a positive impression on prospective employers.
Your first goal is to resolve your current financial woes by securing some form of employment to cover your basic living costs. While you might be reticent to accept work that falls a bit below your normal pay grade, this could be essential for your survival. Start considering options that you have overlooked before.
It is also a good idea to consider a few self-employment ventures, particularly those that allow you to work from home and online. Maintaining a contractor status while you seek employment will prevent you from developing large and glaring gaps in your CV. It will also give you new skills to add to your resume that show you as being industrious, strategic and committed to good money management.
Next, you want to start being flexible in terms of the industries you are willing to work in. Many people find that their current skills are flexible and adaptable enough to qualify them for employment in other areas. Finding out how many different ways you can leverage your existing talents. You may discover that a change of work environments is both positive and refreshing.
Make sure to connect with former colleagues via online social networking sites. It is important to keep these old relationships strong. These individuals may have the ability to refer you to high-quality companies that are currently hiring. Remember, when people do these favors for each other, they may be looking for favors in return. Thus, when you have a chance to pay the favor forward, make sure that you do.
Start blogging about your industry. This establishes a sense of industry expertise. Best of all, it can actually give you the chance to make some money while you’re waiting for the right position to come around. Simply monetize your blog and then optimise it for search engines. You can talk about past experiences or the way in which your industry and the related industry practices can be improved, among many other things.
Get a personal development plan in place. This shows employers that you are committed to constantly increasing your value. It is a structured plan for acquiring new skills while strengthening those you already have. Best of all, new skills can actually increase your earning potential so that you are qualified to pursue more lucrative positions.
Your personal development plan can start with something as simple as an Excel training course or it can involve the acquisition of an industry-specific license. Much like the outside work that you do, it will help you avoid glaring gaps in employment on your CV. It will also show employers that you are constantly working hard, even during your downtime.