The unemployment numbers today are unprecedented. As companies and entire states, shut down everything but essential work, many people found themselves applying for unemployment assistance. So how do you transition from unemployment to job hunting as things begin to open back up? There are a few strategies that could get you back on your career track in no time. Let’s take a closer look.
Make a Plan
While our first instinct might be to launch right into an employment search, having a plan can help you avoid spinning your wheels. The first step is to consider what it is you want in your next job. This may be your chance to make a big career change, so coming up with a strategy is imperative. Write down what you want in a new job and what you want to do. Then write down your skills. Once you have both lists, try to match them to determine the kinds of jobs you want to target.
Evaluate Ways to Fill the Resume Gap
If you’ve been unemployed for some time, you may want to consider the resume gap. While many employers will recognize unemployment as usual during the COVID-19 crisis, you can still show how you remained active. Did you volunteer in your community, even virtually? Did you start a side hustle? Did you take some online classes?
There is another way to increase your marketability and close those resume gaps. That’s by working temporary assignments through a local agency. When you do this, you have access to the recruiter’s network and jobs you may not have been able to find on your own. Temporary work will keep you active and engaged and help you maintain your skills. It’s a great resume builder.
Long Term Transition
But temporary work doesn’t have to stay brief. While it will add recent experience to your resume, it will also give you a chance to try out various employers. At the same time, these employers will get to know you. While not every temporary assignment will turn into permanent employment, some may. The most important thing is that you put your best foot forward and make an amazing impression.
Are you looking for your next job as things begin to open back up? Contact the team at ProStaff today.