Continued from part 1 of Filling Gaps in Your Resume – First 5 Tips

Part 2 – Next 5 tips

  1. Always Update Your Resume                        
    • Keep track of your full-time job search
    • Use a database or a CRM to track all of your contacts – useful in interviews and later on when that potential employer you applied to eight months ago finally calls (I recommend using Jibber Jobber – www.jibberjobber.com)
    • Consider changing careers – do research on new careers / companies
    • Go on Information Interviews – to research into new markets and potential employers
    • Go after the Hidden Job Market
  2. Try Job Sharing or Part-Time Work
    • Consider job sharing – will help you keep your skills current
    • Find contracts as opposed to only looking for full-time work
    • Take a part-time job to keep yourself afloat, keep yourself networked, and keep your spirits up 
  3.  Work with Former Employers and Colleagues
    • Call up a former employer and offer to help them with their latest projects
    • Do some free-lance work
    • Support former colleagues by offering your assistance 
  4. Join Professional Organizations
    • Maintain contacts and find new ones by joining professional organizations in your field and in your community 
      •  Examples of such organizations are the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) {or the one for your province or state}, Certified  Human Resources Professional (CHRP) {or the one for your province or state}, Project Management Institute (PMI), etc.
    • Find mentors, co-workers and new projects to work on
    • Network through these organizations – search their job boards and databases
    • Work on a Board of Directors of a professional organization in order to get noticed
  5. Build and Work on Your Network
    • Always work on your network before you need it and continue to work on it when you get laid-off
    • Consider becoming a Mentor
    • Attend meetings of local community groups that support laid-off workers and find new ways to expand your network, knowledge and your field i.e. Kanata Kareer Group (KKG in Ottawa, Canada), OCRI – Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation,  The Ottawa Network (TON), etc.
    • Find community groups in your city or town where you can expand your knowledge and obtain support while looking for a new opportunity
    • Listen and join podcasts, read blogs, join LinkedIn discussion groups – make comments on all and get noticed

It’s really hard to find full-time work unless you are actively working at the job hunt everyday. When job seekers have not tried to fill the gaps and say that they have been ACTIVELY JOB SEEKING, potential employers are turned off.  Companies who might be hiring do not even consider qualified job seekers for an interview when they have large gaps in their resumes. It is better to fill the gap with relevant and useful work rather than to leave breaks where you could have been doing something useful and proactive   

Your resume is one of your best marketing tools, so try to show potential employers just how skilled and accomplished you really are by “Filling Gaps in Your Resume”.

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