I have a friend who made the most of his time when he was laid-off.  He was let go from a great job that he had been in for almost 28 years. He became busier while on the job hunt than he was when he was working full-time.

So what happens when you get laid-off or lose your job?  Do you suddenly drop out of circulation?  Do you really cease to exist?  Does your network suddenly drop you?

My friend decided not to waste his time ONLY looking at the online job boards, but to add to his skills set while he was searching for a new position.   He still hunted high and low for a new job, which took him a while, but in the end, he landed a great job and is happy.  To fill in the gaps in his resume, he decided to get proactive instead of sitting around moping.  Just because my friend was not getting paid for his work, did not mean that the work he decided to do was not valuable or should not be counted.

Filling in gaps in a resume is a great way to stay current with the job market, meet new people, network, and potentially land a new job. He used some of these techniques and is now working in a great job in his field.

Here are 10 ways in which job seekers can “Fill Gaps in the Resume”.

  1. Volunteer
    • Do some community work and give back
    • Broaden your opportunities by talking to a wider variety of people
    • Volunteering is good for the heart – it makes you live longer
    • Teach children the value of giving back by setting an example and volunteering      
  2. Attend Seminars and Workshops
    • Fine seminars related to and slightly out of your field
    • Listen to and talk to the key speakers
    • Find out new information
    • Network with others and spread the new information IN your field (your colleagues)
  3. Upgrade Your Skills
    • Take courses towards certifications
    • Attend conferences
    • Write White Papers related to your field as a Subject Matter Expert (SME)
    • Go back to school to finish up a degree or even change careers
  4. Take a Job Slightly Out of Your Field
    • Do some training or teaching SME or Mentoring
    • Help someone who needs something i.e. create a website or a database
    • Work with others in your field to solve problems
  5. Consider starting your own business as an Entrepreneur or helping a Start-Up
    • Take that basement idea and start your own company
    • Seek entrepreneurial help – every community has a chamber of commerce or business help program
    • Work with existing Start-ups to gain experience and move them closer to obtaining customers or funding
    • Do a Needs Analysis and create a solution to a problem

Next 5 tips are continued in Filling Gaps in Your Resume – Part 2

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