Take this long weekend to do something for your future: work on your job search and find yourself a new job!
There are many things you can do on your day off that are simple and can help lead you toward a new job. We’ve put together a list of 10 tasks you can do this long weekend that will help you with your job search.
Update Your Resume
A job search starts with having an up-to-date resume. Use your time off to dust off the resume and update it or start a fresh resume from scratch. Remember: even if you’re not actively looking for a job it is important to always have a current resume on hand.
Spread Your Resume
Publish your resume on job boards. There are many job boards that offer the opportunity to post your resume for potential employers to find. This is a simple task that gets your resume in front of potential employers, even if you aren’t applying directly to their company.
Update Your Social Media
Take the time on your day off to update your social media accounts. Make sure all of our profiles are cohesive and professional. Update your LinkedIn profile with your current resume info and a professional picture. Make sure the information/post on your accounts are things you’d like potential employers to see and use this time to follow brands in your industry, this will help keep you up-to-date with industry news and put your name in front of key people in your industry.
Start a Blog
A blog can be a great tool to express your creativity and knowledge. Maintaining a blog shows discipline and time management in addition to giving you an in with your industry. Use this free day to start writing about something you’re passionate about. This can open up many networking opportunities including guest blogging and interactions with game changers in the industry.
Practice Your Interview Answers
If you have a job interview coming up there’s no better time than a day off to practice your answers to common (and unusual) job interview questions. It is always good to have answers to the classics “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” as well as answers to other standard interview questions. You can also use this time to create a list of questions you will ask the interviewer at the end of the job interview.
Many other people will be home celebrating these holidays as well so this is a great time to get online and network. LinkedIn and Twitter are two examples of fantastic sites with endless networking capabilities. Use these outlets to get your name and your ideas out there. Combined with your blog you will have countless networking opportunities, all from the comfort of your own home.
Apply, Apply, Apply
If you’re in the middle of a job search and haven’t been receiving much response, don’t fret! Don’t get discouraged, keep applying. It is important to keep applying to jobs you’re qualified for. Make adjustments to your resume if required and keep a list of places you’ve applied to so you know which job is which when they contact you for an interview. And remember: every no is one step closer to your yes, just keep applying!
Learn a New Skill
The internet is full of opportunities to better yourself and learn a new skill. Take this long weekend to dive into a new topic or learn a new language that you can apply to your work life.
For some examples of where to start look here.
Make a Job Search Schedule
It is important to schedule your time during a job search. It can be easy to get discouraged but if you commit yourself to a schedule of applying to a number of jobs per day or networking a certain number of times a week it is easier to complete those tasks. Develop a job search schedule to help prioritize your search and ensure it doesn’t end up on the backburner.
Job searching can be exhausting. It’s important to keep up your job search but it’s just as important to take care of yourself and make sure you are at your best as you enter into a new phase of your life. If you’ve been at the job search all week take this long weekend to relax and refocus, you’ve earned it!