Purdue Calumet Insight Online Fall 2012

Monday, July 30th, 2012 - 10:50 am

Tips for the employed and unemployed

By SHELLY ROBINSON
Shelly Robinson is director of career services at Purdue Calumet

Based on individual needs and goals, the job search process is likely different for those who are searching while employed compared to those who are unemployed.

For those employed: though underemployment, salary freezes and lack of upward mobility can be frustrating, if you have a job keep it. It is much easier and less stressful to find a job when you have one. Employed seekers also can be more selective.

For those unemployed: among the biggest challenges are gaps in employment, outdated skills and uncertainty about how to remain marketable.

The good news is that even though the process is unique, the advice is the same…

  • Stay positive – Remain physically and mentally sharp; don’t get down on yourself; reflect on all you have accomplished and what makes you distinctive.
  • Commit to lifelong learning – Obtain skills, credentials and specializations that will impress employers; learn a new program or language; participate in a seminar or workshop.
  • Develop your network – Get involved in a professional organization; reach out to other alumni; meet new people; update your LinkedIn account; attend networking events.
  • Eliminate your current employment gap – Fill the gap with new experiences like freelance work, consulting and volunteerism; take a class; start a blog; write for journals in your field.
  • Seek out a mentor or become one – Seek ways to gain and give knowledge; helping others can be satisfying and prompt opportunities.
  • Visit Career Services – Purdue Calumet offers lifetime services for alumni; have your resume reviewed; complete a mock interview; learn about new job search techniques.

Remaining marketable and upbeat while equipped with a fresh resume is vital to achieving your dream job and, more importantly, advancing your career.