The trees are budding. The flowers are blooming. Allergy season has kicked in. I LOVE this time of year! One of the things I love most about spring is the opportunity to go through my closets and drawers and do some spring cleaning. I find it rewarding and energizing to get rid of the old and make room for the new.
If you've been unemployed for longer than 4 months you probably need to do some spring cleaning on your job search. The resume you wrote months ago has probably become stale. Your LinkedIn profile is probably showing some gaps that you will turn off potential employers. It's time to revise your resume, update your LinkedIn status and get back into gear.
Recruiters are predicting a hiring tsunami sometime around Q3 or Q4 this year. Are YOU ready? Here are 3 things you can do to spring clean your resume:
1. Add in any volunteer activities you have been doing since you wrote that resume a few months ago. You want potential employers to see you haven't been idle during your unemployment. Go ahed and list the duties accomplishments you've had while working at the Children's museum, leading a fund raiser for your local church, or grading papers in your son's third grade classroom. (Haven't done any volunteering? Well guess what should be on you To Do list for today!)
2. Include books you have been reading in your LinkedIn Profile. LinkedIn has an app entitled Reading List by Amazon. This is a great way to show potential employers you are an expert in your field.
3. Revitalize your network. How long has it been since you talked to the people in your network who have actual jobs? If it's been more than a month, you need to ping them soon. You want to keep your name on the top of their mind for when something opens up in their company. Reach out to them with a pertinent article or website you have found that will help them in their business. Let them know you are still around!
These three steps are so simple we can ALL do them today. With the weather changing and the flowers blooming, it's time to reinvigorate your job search. Clean up your resume and get back in touch with your contacts. You will be surprised with the results!
About the Author:
Sean Harry has been successful for over 20 years at helping train and motivate people to find what's important in life and develop a strategy to achieve it.