| Hi Taylor
- I'm out of work currently because of the virus, but I'm taking this
opportunity to live off some savings and find a new career. Any advice
on how I can get myself in a good position for a job search starting
in the fall? - Ben
Hi Ben - Sounds like you've got a solid plan, which is always
the first step for finding work you enjoy. It's hard to predict what
things will look like in a couple months, but you can still use this
time wisely to get prepared.
off your resume. If you haven't edited your resume in a while,
it's definitely time to do so. For starters, you want to have
all your most recent work and education on there. Even more importantly,
you need to have a resume that reflects our current times. Under
each job you've had, there should always be a description of the
accomplishments you made and projects you handled. This is a great
chance to update that language to reflect useful skills in a remote
work environment. Emphasize your responsibility and attention
to detail so employers will view you as a safe person to bring
on board. We think of everything in terms of the coronavirus these
days, so your resume should cater to that.
2. Ask around. Since it sounds like you're not in a rush with
this job search, you should take time to put out feelers. Check
in with old connections to see if there's either work available
or if anyone knows of a place that's hiring. Do some LinkedIn
stalking of people you know whose careers you admire and send
some private messages. Ideally, you'll get a job lined up through
someone you already know so you don't have to go through the process
of submitting an application and being one of a hundred interviewees.
If you can avoid being just another face amongst a sea of applicants,
you definitely should.
3. Get smarter. Whenever I feel a lull in productivity
and I'm not sure what to do next, I download an audiobook about
something that interests me. That's more or less how I got into
the career I have now - I was interested in and educated myself
about money. You don't have to sign up for a course or get a degree
in engineering, but you can read books and watch videos and stick
useful information in your brain. At some point that information
will serve a practical purpose, and it might turn into a career
opportunity. The more you know, the more money you can make.
| Using this
time to research new careers is a great idea, Ben. I'm excited for
where you might find yourself in the coming year. Good luck!
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July 14, 2020
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