If you have just lost your job, it may be quite scary to head back out into the job search field again. Depending on how long you were at your last job, it may have been quite a while since you went out searching for a job. While you may be stressed about the thought of applying to jobs and going to interviews, you can use your previous work experience to land you next job. Below are some simple steps that will help you get another job and get off of unemployment.
In addition, while unemployed there are also certain financial benefits you should look into to ease the pressures of everyday living costs. Most countries governments provide different unemployment loans or benefits while the unemployed person is out of work and looking for a new job.
Create a Resume
You must start by creating a resume that details all of the experience that you have received over the years. This is no time to be shy. Instead, you must look at all of your accomplishments and detail that into a resume. With unemployment at a high rate, you competition for each job you apply to is going to be higher. If you want the job, you need to sell yourself, and your resume may be your only chance.
Customized Cover Letter
One thing that is vital is that you write a customized cover letter every time you apply for a job. Before writing your cover letter, do some research and learn a little bit about the company you are applying to. You also want to review the job posting and pay close attention to the qualification that are required. You must make sure that the employer can see from your resume and cover letter that you meet all of the requested qualifications. If you are missing any qualifications, please explain this discrepancy in the cover letter. You can also use the cover letter to explain any gaps in your work history. Try to explain any gaps by detailing any volunteer work or events you may have participated during this time.
The Importance of Networking
When you are unemployed and looking for a new job, it is time to pull out your contact list and try some networking. If you have a connection within the company that you are applying to give them a call and see if they can put a good word in for you. It is tough competition right now, and you need all the help you can get to get another job. A good word about your work history may be just want you need to land an interview with the company.
Prepare for Your Interview
Whatever you do, do not go into an interview without being prepared. Although you did some research about the company when you wrote you cover letter, do some more research before your interview. You should know what goods or services the company offers and what their main mission is. This will help you know what is important to the company. You should also read through the job description one more time before you head in for your interview. This will help you talk about the right skills and to make sure you show the potential employer that you have the skills they are looking for.
Just do not give up during your job search and do not be surprised if it takes a while to get another job. Try not to get discouraged if you are turned down for several jobs in a row. Competition is very tough right now, and perhaps someone had a contact within the company that helped them get a job. Just keep going and you will find the job you have been looking for.