As a job seeker, you naturally expect a return on your job search in the form of a steady paycheck and gainful employment, right?
While a position with a steady paycheck is your primary goal, you might need to make an investment at times to get to that point.
Some job seekers move quickly through the process of landing a job.
These are the ones who understand that they must give a little on the front end at times.
What does this mean, practically?
Investing in a job search might include the following:
- Getting a new “interview outfit”
- Enlisting someone to create a professionally crafted resume
- Spending time and money on other necessary expenses
Below are a few additional investments to consider if you are currently seeking employment or will be this year.
Volunteer Your Services
The skills you need in order to remain successful in your industry can change at a rapid pace.
If you spend even a few months unemployed, you may end up behind.
When you find yourself out of the loop of new technology, the impact of being out of work is only intensified.
How can you offset this problem?
Trying volunteering in your industry.
This can keep your skills from becoming stagnant.
- Is there a nonprofit organization, school, or small business in the area?
- Does it have a lean staff?
- Can you use relevant skills in this organization or business?
If so, this is a perfect place to offer your expertise.
It is a win-win situation.
The company will receive the assistance and you will have recent experience on your resume.
Meanwhile, 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.
Get Professional Headshots
This price of professional headshots may vary but they 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 headshots will improve your personal and professional brand.
A professional photo will also make you appear more approachable on social media (including LinkedIn).
(For more LinkedIn photo tips check out 5 Tips For A Perfect LinkedIn Profile Photo.)
I am not sure what is worse, the selfie profile picture or no photo at all.
However, it is certain that a professional image of you 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.
Other places to put your professional headshot:
- On your business cards
- On your online resume profile
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.
Here are a few benefits of joining a relevant professional organization:
- It will provide excellent resources for networking
- It will give your resume a boost
- You will have the ability to network with your peers
- If applicable, you will have the opportunity to hire professionals in your industry
Some associations also have a job board that lists jobs exclusively for members.
In that case, you will be able to get a leg up on the competition.
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In summary, 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.
Good luck with embarking on these three investments that can improve your chances of landing that dream job!
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