If you’re one of the lucky ones you have this Friday or Monday off in celebration of Easter. If you have some time to spare this weekend why not do something that will advance your career? Take a moment this long weekend to 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, easy, 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.
1. 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.
2. Circulate Your Resume
Publish your resume on job boards. There are many job boards that allow you 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.
3. Update Your Social Media
Take 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 work information and a professional picture. Make sure the information/posts on your accounts are things that 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.
4. 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 off 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 your industry.
5. 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 job interview questions. It is always good to have answers to the classics like “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” You can also use this time to create a list of questions you will ask the interviewer at the end of the job interview.
6. Network Online
Many other people will be home celebrating the holiday 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.
7. Apply, Apply, Apply
If you’re in the middle of a job search and haven’t been receiving much response, 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 a yes so keep applying!
8. 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.
9. 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.
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