What are the 'five tips' that are useful when you are looking for a job again after an unemployment period?

For those who have had an unemployment period when they are temporarily out of work due to unavoidable circumstances, it is uneasy to start job hunting again. Rachel Cook, a leadership and work environment expert, explains 'five tips ' that can help people with unemployment find employment.

How to Re-Enter the Workforce After a Pause


◆ 1: Reassess your current needs
When considering reemployment after a period of unemployment, some may want to return to 'the same job or workplace as when they retired.' However, Cook points out that it is necessary to properly reassess one's needs because the situation in the world and the life that one wants may change from the time of retirement. He states that he should think twice about his previous job and have guidance on his next career path based on questions such as:

・ Do you want to return to your previous job? Was it attractive, rewarding, and meaningful to you?
・ Did you manage your work-life balance well? Did your previous job fit your lifestyle?
・ Are there any hopes about the corporate culture you want to work for?
・ What did you not get from your previous job?

◆ 2: Correct your resume
In order to get back to the job you want, it's imperative that you update your resume, LinkedIn, and other profiles that appeal to future employers. Of course, you should avoid lining up lies to appeal to yourself, but even if you fill in the same true profile, the degree of appeal depends on how you convey it.

When considering a compelling resume or profile, it's important to have a solid definition of what you want to emphasize from your experience to get the ideal future. By focusing on the skills, indicators, experience, and achievements associated with your desired job, you can get the employer's attention from many resumes and profile sections.

For example, suppose someone who used to work on project budgeting or data-based advice wants to get a job that gives them leadership. In this case, your resume should focus on leadership-related experiences, such as group projects you led or cases of persuading clients based on data, rather than analytical details. By writing the content that suits your purpose at the top, you can make your employer think that you have know-how in a specific field.

◆ 3: Build your own story
Cook argues that when you talk about yourself in an interview, you should tell a 'story about yourself' rather than simply stating your experience and knowledge. Combining the skills and experience gained through previous work, the patience and insightful reflections tested during the unemployment period, the newly acquired skills, and the resilience to start job hunting, it will be told in an easy-to-understand manner as a story. It is necessary to prepare for.

By successfully incorporating your skills and experience into the story, you can convey in a compelling way 'who you are and what benefits your employer can benefit from.' If you can tell the story well at the interview, you can rank up from 'unemployed who have not worked for a while' to 'attractive recruitment candidate'.

◆ 4: Set goals that you can control
In job hunting, we research various companies, find and apply for employee recruitment, and rely on acquaintances. Hopefully you'll find a job in a week, but basically it takes weeks or months to get a new job, and you may be depressed by the lack of results.

In order not to be depressed by the lack of results, it is important to 'distinguish between what you can control and what you cannot control, and set goals that you can control.' For example, you can control behaviors such as 'survey a company' and 'send an email to a company,' but not the outcome of whether a company hires you. Therefore, he said that he was unproductive because he could not control his goals such as 'getting an interview five times a week' and 'finding a new job within two months'.

Therefore, Mr. Cook recommends that you set the following 'goals that you can control' and start job hunting. By setting goals that you can control with your own actions, you can praise yourself and increase your motivation for job hunting when you reach your goals.

・ Survey 100 companies in 6 weeks.
· Send 5 LinkedIn requests daily for a month.
・ Start a blog and post articles about your expertise once a week.
・ Take one web course for the skills you want to acquire in two weeks.

◆ 5: Make a plan and execute it
After setting goals for job hunting, we will enter the stage of making a concrete plan based on it and executing it. Add time to research the company, time to apply, time to write a blog post, etc. to your calendar and start working to achieve your plan.

Cook argued that it was important to receive appropriate support while carrying out the plan and to reward himself when he achieved his goals. 'Remember that you are the only one in your story who can be the main character, so keep going.'

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