By Christy Eichelberger
job market, more and more people are finding themselves unemployed for extended
periods of time. Instead of being out of work for a month or two, many find
themselves out of work for a year or more.
unemployed can be disappointing, but spending month after month searching for a
job for an extended period of time can be draining. And if you spend that much
time out of the professional loop, it may seem like it's going to be impossible
to get back in.
If you have
been looking for a job for an extended period of time, you might want to
consider what you can be doing to help stay in the loop. It's one thing to have
a small gap in your resume to explain, but it's another thing to be out of your
field for so long that you fall behind or lose some of your job skills.
Here are 10
things you can do to stay up-to-date during you job search:
a professional development course
a conference or seminar
you can't afford to attend a conference or seminar, visit the organizer's
website for information on key topics and who is speaking. Then research those
topics and speakers.
trade publications- books, newsletters, websites, blogs, etc.
company websites for the latest news in your field
in touch with former coworkers or colleagues in your field
a social network such as LinkedIn to connect with other professionals and get
recommendations from them
an industry networking event to make new contacts
leaders in your field via their blogs, twitter accounts, Facebook pages, etc.
- Volunteer with organizations within
Being out of work doesn't
have to mean you will lose your edge. Making the most of your time by keeping
your knowledge and skills sharp will pay off on your resume and in a job
interview. Potential employers will be pleased to see that you are motivated
and dedicated to your profession by positioning yourself as a qualified
employee despite a period of unemployment.