THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU ARE JOBLESS

Empty Conference RoomIf you’re unemployed and worried that employers will turn you down for taking on unimpressive work during the recession or for the large employment gaps on your résumé—you needn’t panic. A survey released last year revealed that the vast majority of employers are actually sympathetic to such circumstances. More than 40% of unemployed job seekers had been out of work for six months or longer. “There’s a sense that such a long gap on a résumé negatively affects a candidate’s chances, but the survey shows that is not true, bearing in Nigeria the circumstances in naija “Their is very positive news for this group of job seekers. If you fill the gaps with activities and experience that illustrate how you are still developing your skill sets, the overwhelming majority of employers will look past your unemployment and focus on what you can bring to their team.”Eighty-five percent of those surveyed employed had reported that they were more understanding of employment gaps post-recession. 94% percent said they wouldn’t have a lower opinion of a candidate who took on a position during the recession that was at a lower level than the one he or she had held previously.

I want to reveal to you Things To Do While You’re Unemployed. But this doesn’t mean you can sit around and wait for a sympathetic employer to offer you work. “The worry is that employers may think job seekers are losing some of their skills because they haven’t been utilizing them,(but truth be told in naija today its better you invent a job than look for one non- existing job). “By volunteering, taking temporary work, or signing up for a class that develops your professional tool kit, you show your potential employers that you’ve made the most of your time and will be ready on day one.”
As an experts I’ll recommended a variety of activities you should engage in to build, expand, and strengthen your skills during period of unemployment, in order to increase your marketability.

Take a temporary or contract assignment. 79% percent recommended doing this. Why? “The key is to get people to see your work and to see what you’re capable of doing,“If you do a great job, even if it’s for a temporary job, whoever hired you is more likely to recommend you for a permanent position.”Take a class- 67% percent of the hiring managers surveyed recommended taking a class during a period of unemployment. “You never stop learning in your career, so the more technical competence you have, the better. Another advantage to taking a class: It’s a great networking opportunity.

Volunteer- I’ve once volunteered my service for 8months to a capacity building organization and that experience transformed my life Sixty percent of the hiring managers said volunteer work makes you more marketable. “When you volunteer for something, you are telling potential employers something about you as a person,” Teach says. It shows that you are passionate about something and care about helping others—and it demonstrates that money isn’t the most important thing to you, “When companies are hiring, they are looking not only for people who can get the job done but also for people with character and integrity.

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