05 Aug How to Never Be Jobless Again
The recent unemployment trend has inspired a new landscape in the workforce and a strong focus on how to never be jobless again.
Research shows that the unemployment rate in the U.S. reached 14.4% in April 2020 with over 20.5 million Americans jobless in May 2020.
While the numbers are eye-opening, sights are set on the shifting nature of the job market and how to approach it.
Yes, some industries are fading out. But, others are surging in demand, resulting in an increase in hiring.
For example, retail saw a sizable boost in employment, with a gain of 740,000 jobs.
Education and health services rose 568,000, and manufacturing was up 356,000.
In our rapidly changing economy, the key is to be flexible and implement practices so you will never be jobless again.
This infographic (and the article below) shares 6 points on how to do just that.
#1 Master Relevant Skill Sets
One of the best things to do during a shifting job market is to hone in on relevant skill sets.
This is an excellent time to be open to side hustle possibilities or skill up on something that is in high demand.
Slow down on your Netflix binging and make the best use of your time to learn new skills that make you more valuable in the job market.
Want to learn to code? Or pick up an online credential?
Whether you focus on something that will help you qualify for a promotion or dive into something entirely new for a career change, skills equal opportunity.
How to figure out what skills are needed? These steps are a helpful guide…
- When job searching, analyze job descriptions by listing each required skill and experience.
- Then, consider whether you have that exact skill.
- Use that information to determine what you need to brush up on or learn, to make yourself a viable candidate.
If you’re applying for social media or marketing specialist positions, the listing will likely require experience with Google Analytics and Hootsuite. Being certified in either or both would make your resume stand out.
The teaching industry also has growing opportunities for work.
Now that over 30 million children are out of school, online schools are booming. If you have a background in teaching or have a command in a subject to tutor, consider looking into companies like Outschool that are actively hiring.
#2 Build a Digital Portfolio
When it comes to proving yourself professionally, it’s important to illustrate your skills in digital form.
Research shows using visual representation makes you 43% more likely to convince people to do what you want.
Since the majority of the way we process information is visual, having a portfolio that lays out experience and skills is key.
Whether you’re drawing in new customers, giving employers a sense of your skills, or enhancing your personal brand, you benefit from showcasing yourself online.
Not only do you make yourself more visible on the web, but you also work toward the goal to never be jobless again.
You don’t have to be a graphic designer to make your portfolio stand out. Here are some tips in helping you build an effective digital portfolio.
- Decide what you’re showing off. If using your portfolio to enhance your resume, have work that supports qualifications you’ve listed elsewhere in your application. Are you using it to draw in new clients? Highlight projects related to the sorts of clients you want to work with. Are you trying to establish yourself as a leader or expert in your field? Place your best work front and center to get the attention required.
- Keep it simple. If the goal is to lead prospective clients or employers to your portfolio, less is more. Keep your presentation of work straightforward and consistent in format. You can entitle a webpage “My Work” or “Samples” in a section on your website or online platform.
- Make it easy to navigate. Use categories to avoid confusion. If you have a lot of work to show off, do not place everything on the same page. Visually, this can be overwhelming. Divide your skills into categories to offer a clean presentation.
- Personalize it. The person behind the work is just as important as the work itself. A good portfolio is enhanced when there’s personality included. Share a bit of your background and your story to give people a sense of whom they may be working with.
A digital portfolio can be on your own website or on other online forums.
#3 Make Yourself Visible
In order to never be jobless again, you need to be visible to the public. This can come in a variety of forms.
One approach is to pick a social platform to dominate. Learn best practices as well as optimal times for posting and engagement strategies.
You can also make your presence known in a combination of arenas.
Beefing up your LinkedIn profile, promoting yourself on Facebook, or connecting with others through Instagram comments help increase the chance of visibility and, therefore, work.
Other helpful methods are joining and interacting on Facebook groups or reaching out to collaborate with others through guest blogging.
Hosting a webinar that gives people a sense of how you can help them is also a great way to put yourself out there.
Networking continues to be a main way for people to interact and develop professional relationships.
You can start your job search with letting friends and family know what types of work you seek and ask them to connect you if they learn of an option.
An email introduction can go a long way in getting your resume seen or in starting a conversation around hiring.
Consider reaching out to former colleagues and supervisors if you see openings at their companies as well. You have a better chance of being hired than the competition because they know your skills and work ethic.
Even if there aren’t openings, people you know can be references for your other applications. They may hear of other jobs through their own network, and they can recommend you.
Another networking strategy is to seek out like-minded professionals online and ask about virtual events to attend.
You can also join professional groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. Both platforms offer a wide range of options with groups for every profession.
#5 Build Relationships
The truth about finding work is that talking about your credentials, skills, and experience can only get you so far.
While networking is important, at times it can feel forced or uncomfortable. Building genuine relationships with people is far more effective and even fun!
Instead of sending your unsolicited email and cover letter, take the time to get to know your contacts. Approach your connection through service, asking what you can do to help and providing a simple solution to the problem.
Networking then happens more naturally where people can speak to your skill sets and helpful personality.
Engage on social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, building relationships that are based on true curiosity.
You can follow your dream employer, for example, and find simple ways to contribute to their online community. Leave meaningful comments to spark conversation or send direct messages to community members when appropriate.
The key is to really be authentic in your interest to learn more about the company.
This type of interaction is more appreciated by hiring managers than unsolicited job inquiries.
The combination of visibility and relationship building results in creating a network that will keep you busy, and busy is a good thing!
Have an open mind about where the work comes from. Keep your door open to opportunities even if they come in irregular or unusual ways.
You may not land your ideal job from the get-go. However, having exposure to work often leads to other possibilities down the line.
Utilizing best practices to attract work and being able to shift with the job market are key tools for you to never be jobless again.
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