States across the country are cutting out the extended unemployment benefits that they introduced during the darkest days of the Great Recession. Illinois became the most recent to take this step. What does this mean for job hunters? They need to know more than ever how to job search effectively.
Speeding the Job Search
Today’s job seekers in many states will soon have fewer months of unemployment benefits available to them. This makes it imperative for these job seekers to find new jobs as soon as possible. After all, it’s not easy to pay the bills for people who are on unemployment. It’s extremely difficult for those whose unemployment benefits have run out.
Fortunately, there are several steps people can take to speed up their job search.
It all starts with networking skills. The best jobs are not found in the newspaper classified ads or at online job boards. Instead, job seekers find them by networking with local business leaders, attending chamber of commerce meetings and business after-hours events and connecting with their former bosses, co-workers, and college professors.
By meeting with people in their social and professional spheres, job seekers might learn of an open management position that hasn’t yet hit the classified ads. They might gain a personal recommendation letter from an influential business leader. Or they might learn of a business executive who’s starting a new company and needs consultants to help launch the venture.
Job seekers also need to learn a few resume tips to boost their chances of landing work before their unemployment benefits run out. This means listing career accomplishments, not just career stops, on their resumes. Job applicants need to spell out how they saved their past employers money each year or how they helped them make more sales or close more deals. Today’s hiring managers can pick from a seemingly endless list of applicants for every job opening. Only those job seekers who can clearly list their accomplishments will attract their attention.
These are just two tips. But if you are in need of more intense job search training, consider signing up for our Get Hired Bootcamp. Our career counselors can teach you how to job search and how to interview like a pro.