As the country recovers from its hard hitting recession many Americans look for ways to reenter the work force and start climbing that ladder again. But many feel that in the ever advancing technological business world they, and their real world skills, have become obsolete.
Never fret. All you need to get back on the horse is an updated and polished resume, a go-getter spirit, and the will to learn what you don’t already know.
You may not end up at Google, but there is a position in the workplace for you.
Just follow these helpful tips toward your own family-photo clad cubicle or corner office.
Revisit your resume
Update your resume by listing your most recent position and any promotions, rewards, and/or contest wins. Let them know who you are: a salesman, customer satisfaction rep, or junior attorney searching for a new horizon. The idea is to showcase your desires, your skills and strengths and make your future employer forget all about those months you were laid-off during the recession. You may also want to revise your curriculum vitae.
Research the company
You can do anything, anything at all. First, you have to know who you’re doing it with. You’re interested in working for a company, so take a look at their website. Find out what they’re looking for and why. Discover what others have to say about them. Do this through word of mouth or even customer reviews. Like any relationship this should be a good fit.
Keep in touch
This is something you should have been doing the whole time. Stay in contact with past colleagues and references. Even though it’s a recession, don’t let good PR go to waste. You never know who someone is. Today’s mailroom clerk could be tomorrow’s mid-level manager offering you a stronger reference or even recommending you for a position within his or her firm.
Take a class
Education never, ever hurts. We know that this is a technology based society now. This is no longer a secret, nor is it debatable. Take a refresher course in new software, systems, and hardware. Keep abreast of new programs being used by companies like Constant Contact or Sharepoint. Learn everything you can, but, don’t forget what you already know. Old fashioned customer care and marketing skills go a long way.
Don’t give up
It is so hard to keep beating the pavement and clacking away at computer keys filling out applications and submitting resumes and cover letters. It’s exhausting and furthermore, the longer it takes to get a reply the harder it is to stay motivated. But, don’t give up. Make a system organizing your submission process. Submit only a certain number of inquiries and only on certain days like Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Take the other days to breath and recharge.
Take a chance!
You are golden. You have what it takes. You can do anything you set your mind to. Yes, there is competition. Yes, that competition may be younger, may have more connections, may have more degrees or from a higher ranked institution. But you are here and you have a place and so do your dreams. Diversify the way you see yourself and leap. You never know where you may land.