As a job seeker, you are accustomed to expecting a return on your job search in the form of a steady paycheck and gainful employment, right? While a steady paycheck is a goal, you might need to make an investment at times to get to that point. Job seekers that move quickly through the process of landing a job understand that they must give a little on the front end at times.
Getting a new “interview outfit”, professionally crafted resume and other obvious expenses are still relevant. Below are a few additional investments to consider if you are currently seeking employment or will be in 2017.
Below are a few additional investments to consider if you are currently seeking employment or will be in 2017.
The skills needed to remain successful in your industry will change at a rapid pace. If you spend just a few months unemployed, you may end up behind. When you're out of the loop of new technology, the impact of being out of work is intensified.
Volunteering in your industry can keep your skills from becoming stagnant. Is there a nonprofit organization, school or small business in the area with a lean staff? This is a perfect place offer your expertise.
It is a win-win situation. The company will receive the assistance and you will have recent experience on your resume, you will be staying busy and keeping your skills sharp. The added bonuses of volunteering include working alongside professionals that can help you to get hired or refer you to someone else with a job opening.
This price of headshots may vary but do not have to be overly expensive. You may be able to find photography student in your area that will take your photos for a small investment or a grade for a class.
Investing in professional headshots will improve your personal and professional brand. A professional photo will also make you more approachable on social media (including LinkedIn.) I am not sure what is worse, the selfie profile picture or not having a photo at all.
For more LinkedIn photo tips check out 5 Tips For A Perfect LinkedIn Profile Photo.
I am sure that a nice professional image with a nice and inviting smile will make recruiters want to read your profile and know more about you.The photo will help them to connect with you as well. If you have business cards or a domain for your online resume, this is a great place to put your headshots as well.
Join A Professional Organization
Is there a group or organization that specializes in educating, nurturing or providing resources to people in your field?If there is not an official association, look for an informal group or meet up. The fees can range in price but it is worth the investment. Joining will provide excellent resources for networking and will give your resume a boost.
Another benefit of joining an association is the ability to network with your peers and hiring professionals in your industry. Most associations also have a job board that may list jobs exclusively for the members. In that case, you will be able to get a leg up on the competition and non-members.
Being a proactive job seeker is necessary to stand out from the competition.Whether your investment includes time or money, the return on the investment will be well worth it.