Unemployed? Find a job by doing these 5 things

If you’re out of a job and still haven’t found the next one (and we’ve all been there to know what that feels like), you’re likely to have two primary concerns. One, of course, is that there are bills to pay. Two; the gap in your employment history, which is only getting longer, will reflect poorly on your CV. Either way, it’s important that you tide over this period of unemployment as quickly as you can and find a job that’s meant just for you.

As a fresher, you will sometimes find that most jobs call for work experience, but the paradox is that the job must precede the experience! To overcome this ‘experience’ paradox, and to find a job faster, here are 5 things you can do.

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1. Look for temporary projects/internships: Companies may not always have job openings, but temporary or freelance assignments and internships are often available. You should look to get your foot in the door by taking up some of these. This will bring to the employers’ notice your performance and contribution, so that you can be considered for a full time position as and when it opens up.

2. Voluntary work: Opting for voluntary work assignments that either enable you to pursue some of your interests or contribute towards a cause that matters is always beneficial. Doing so is particularly impressive to employers because it speaks of a good work ethic and helps you fill some of the gaps in your employment history.

3. Enhance your skills: The time that you get between two jobs is often the best for you to update your skills that are relevant to your field. Recruiters are always focused on hiring skilled candidates, and it is a good idea for you to update your technical skills and refine your soft skills to make yourself increasingly eligible for job openings.

4. Follow up after you apply: One of the most common mistakes that candidates make after having applied for a job is that they don’t follow up with the recruiter. If a significant period of time has elapsed after your job interview and you haven’t yet heard from the recruiter, it’s time to follow up.  Of course it is important to be wary of following up too soon after the interview, so it’s a good idea to check with the recruiters—right after the interview—when you can expect to hear from them. Following up will also indicate to the recruiters that you’re keen on the job (which is, incidentally, an important criterion for shortlisting and selecting candidates).

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5. Smarten up your job search: The most important thing to do when you’re looking for a job is to look for it in the right place. It is important that both your skills and preferences are matched to the right kind of job. Job mismatches are unfortunately very common, leading to the lack of job satisfaction and motivation. For a successful career, it is important to find the right job. By creating your SmartProfile™ on, you will be matched to jobs that are meant just for you.

A positive and action-oriented approach towards this phase of unemployment will make the journey until the next (and better) job all the more worthwhile.

To find a job that matches your skills and preferences, create your SmartProfile™ today.

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