For much of 2010, the average length of unemployment has hovered around the range of six months. Many of us know someone who has been out of work for a year or more. If you find yourself experiencing a prolonged period of unemployment, chances are that the people in your life have readily offered up theories about why you still haven’t found your next job. Some of these theories simply reflect the speaker’s perspective on the current job market. Some of them, however, can offer important insight into the speaker’s perspective on you.
One comment that your contacts may say is, “I can’t believe that YOU still haven’t found a job!” If the people in your life consistently say this to you, it means that those who know you think highly of you—and that’s a great thing! It also gives you an important insight into how to conduct your job search. If the people who already know you think you’re a valuable asset, then you need to make sure as many people as possible get to know you!
Many job seekers believe the key to landing their next position is sitting in front of their computer all day searching through available jobs. While you certainly do need to spend some time seeing what’s available, it’s also critically important to get into contact with people who are currently working inside the companies where you would like to be. No matter how fabulous your resume looks, having someone already inside an organization vouch for your talents is always helpful to getting your resume pulled out of the tall stack of applicants. Talking to people who already work at your target companies can also provide you with critical information about which departments are hiring—or which managers to avoid.
If the people who already know you think you’re fabulous, expand your circle by attending networking events, professional lectures, community events—anything at all that may put you in contact with people who can help you find your next job. You don’t need to carry your resume into every situation, but be sure to have a networking business card with your contact information and LinkedIn profile address. This will give new contacts immediate access to your background while they’re waiting for you to send them your resume!
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, speaker and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. She creates high-impact, best-in-class resumes and cover letters that transform job searches into interviews and ultimately job offers. For more information about professional resume writing or to read more career and job search related articles visit http://www.greatresumesfast.com or call 1.800.991.5187.
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