Jobless Doesn’t Have to Mean Helpless: 3 Tips to Get You Back on Track

So you’re out of work and out of luck. Take a number.

Job hunting can be one of the hardest transition phases in our lives, but there are a few things you can do if you’re in limbo.

Brand Yourself
Who better to represent you, than you? Perfecting your personal brand is one of the most important investments you can make, so it’s essential your it says exactly what you want and represents you to a T. For job seekers, personal brand is everything.

At a speaking engagement for Lean In Canada, Social Media Trainer and Personal Branding Coach Cher Jones shared an action plan for how to brand yourself for business: discover your personal brand, develop your profiles, connect with intention, and share your brand.

Employers will seek out your online profiles and presence to get a feel for who you are, who you know, what you do, and what experience you’ve had. Rework your online presence and keep messaging consistent.

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Make Business Cards
If you don’t take yourself seriously as a professional, no one else will. Business cards are a great way to show you mean business about finding opportunities and making connections.

Today’s digital age has definitely redefined how people connect, but don’t rule out business cards. They’re always good to have on hand because you never know who you’ll meet at any given time and it’s important to be prepared. Leave a lasting impression along with a sleek business card.

Not sure where to get started? Check Moo for cool layouts and designs.

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Work The Room
Networking and relationship-building is invaluable, especially when unemployed. As Keith Ferrazzi mentions in Never Eat Alone, “You can’t get there alone.” Rely on your network to support you, and in turn, support your network.

Scope out local networking events and make a point to attend a handful. Try to go it alone. Yes, it can be uncomfortable to approach strangers, but dare to step out of your comfort zone.

If you do decide to tag team with a friend, don’t stay glued to each other. Rather, have mini goals for the event. Setting intentions will help you focus on why you’re there so you can hone in on exactly what you’re looking to gain.

Do your research and check out sites like Eventbrite and Meetup to find networking events that resonate with you. Are you looking for happy hour with young professionals, workshops or seminars, or industry-specific events? Refine your search and set yourself up for success from the start.

Remember, jobless doesn’t have to mean helpless. Use these tips and learn more about yourself during this transition phase – in the end, you’ll be happy you did.

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