Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How to Use Family Day to Rejuvenate Your Job Search

Family day weekend is just around the corner, and while it's nice to spend some extra time with your family, it is also a great opportunity to try something a little different with your job search.  We often get stuck in the rut of doing the same thing everyday, even when we aren't getting results.  Now that you have a little extra time, spend it by doing something that you wouldn't normally have time for. 

Revamp your LinkedIn profile.  Many people set up their LinkedIn profile and then forget about it.  Now is the time to revisit it!  Browse through the profiles of other professionals who are working in your field and see what is effective.  Make sure that your profile is rich with keywords and that your photo represents you well.  You never know- with an updated profile, you may get a call from a recruiter tomorrow!

Contact five people from Linkedin and ask them for advice.  Now that your profile is looking good, it's a great time to show it off!  Using either the LinkedIn groups or the search function, find people who are working in your industry or even at your target companies.  Contact them to ask for their advice.  Remember, the point of this is to make a contact- don't ask them for a job.  Since they are already working in the industry, they may be able to point you in a direction that you had not considered.  

Find a networking event that you can attend.  Many job seekers don't make time for networking, which is counterproductive since it is the most effective way to find a job.  The best way to start networking is to just jump in.  Find a networking event to attend and make the commitment to go!

Start a blog.  In what area are you an expert?  You don't have to be a recognized expert, you just need to find an area where you have a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm.  Hopefully, it is also a topic that is related to your career.  When you start a blog, you have the opportunity to showcase your expertise and your writing skills.  It is a great way to stand out from your competition. 

Call someone from your network.  We all have that person from our network who we've been meaning to get back in touch with, but never have the time.  Today is the day to call them.  Let them know about your situation and what type of positions you are targeting.  They may know of a position that's available and even if they don't, it's always good to connect. 

Sit down with a pile of industry publications.    You know that it's a good idea to review industry publications, but it can be difficult to find the time.  Grab a pile of these publications (you can get them from the library), sit yourself down with a coffee and go through them.  You may find some ideas of a company or an area where you can focus your efforts.  Also, it'll help you sound current and knowledgeable when you have the opportunity to talk to an employer.

Of course Family Day is a little more exciting if you are currently employed, and are getting a paid day off.  However, if you're not working, it still makes sense to treat this day differently.  Since most employers won't be in the office, it may be best to hold off on contacting them until they are back in on Tuesday.  In the meantime, get creative and see if you can breathe some life back into your job search!

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