Improve Your Employability
Whether we are currently in the workforce or working hard in our homes, we all need to be ready for the unexpected. A change in employment status will most likely touch each of us at some point and there are things we can do to prepare for that situation. The first four are especially recommended.
- Update your resume/portfolio. Make sure that all essential information is current, and then ask someone you trust, preferably in your field, to review it with you. Identify strong and weak areas and determine whether you need additional training or simply a re-write.
- Scan Monster.com, or other employment listings and familiarize yourself with what employers are looking for in your field today. Employer expectations change over time and may be very different from when you got your current job or left the workforce to take care of your children.
- Now that you have reviewed your resume and know what current employers expect, choose one work-related skill to improve. This could include anything from reviewing old training materials, to taking a college or other class, to practicing to finally master a skill-set that has eluded you.
- Create a Plan B. Mentally step through the path you would take if you needed to get a job or a new job. Write it down and keep it with your resume. Employment changes can be very challenging and this will give you a nice, orderly list to follow while you work through this transition.
- Refresh an old contact in your field.
- Volunteer. This can give you current work experience to list on your resume without the time commitment of full or part-time employment.
- Post your resume at Linked In or with other professional networking sites or organizations.
- Check to make sure that all your publicly available information online is professionally acceptable. Employers will often check a potential employee’s online presence to judge character, etc.
- Subscribe to a professional journal related to your field of employment.
“Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.” D&C 64:33