by Kathy Sweeney, NCRW, CPRW, CEIC, CCM
Wouldn't you like a month or two off? It would be nice to be able to relax, get some
things done around the house and spend some time with the kids,
right? Everyone would like such an opportunity, but the time
to do these things is NOT when you are unemployed!
On several occasions I've
had clients come to me after being unexpectedly downsized
or let go and say, "Oh there's no hurry to finish my résumé.
I'm going to take some time off and relax." This is exactly
the WRONG thing to do at such a time!
People who are now in the
job market searching for a new position need to get started
right away with their job search, as it is taking between
2-6 months to find a new job depending upon your position
By taking some time off
for "vacation" between jobs, a cloud of desperation can
settle in and you can lose your momentum. It also cuts the
amount of time you can allow yourself to find a job that suits
you before financial woes set in and you have to settle for
just a paycheck job.
Some tips for avoiding the
cloud of unemployment desperation:
- Update your resume. This is the
first step and it is critical! The last thing you want to
do is appear unprepared when someone asks for a copy of
- Enlist the services of a Nationally
Certified Professional Resume Writer. If you are having
difficulty writing your own resume or the resume you have
written is not getting results, consider enlisting the help
of a certified
professional resume writer to write
With the unemployment
rate at the highest level in years, it is important to
have the best presentation of your skills and accomplishments
because you will be facing strong competition.
- Make a list of all your network contacts
and get in touch with them once your resume is in order.
Almost all jobs in these tough economic times are found
through networking with current / former colleagues, friends,
and individuals with an excellent reputation in your industry.
Even if you have not been in contact with individuals' for
years, reconnect with them through on-line services such
Both are free to join.
- Treat your job search like a job.
Get up at your regular time, get dressed for work, and work
at getting a job all day.
- Be an active participant in your job
search. No one can get a job for you - you have to do
it yourself. However, others can assist you, and I always
recommend getting a friend, family member, or job search
coach to help you.
Do not allow yourself to
take a break when you find yourself unemployed. Time is your
enemy in a job search. Don't give it an unfair advantage.
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