It’s Not Time-Wasting; It’s Résumé Building!

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You always wanted to learn a new language, right?

As you may remember from my previous post, I’m currently job searching. As of now, I’m playing the waiting game, seeing if anyone gets back to me. Of course, I’m still looking for other jobs while I wait, but to be honest, it can be really daunting and boring.

So, I’m finding more enjoyable ways to pass the time (sorry, Mom and Dad!). However, I’m not just sitting around—I’m gaining knowledge and skills that will help me in my search. These could come in handy for you, too.

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Keep Up With the News

I’ve been staying on top of what’s going on in our country and the world by watching the news with my dad. It’s unlikely that a potential employer asks for my take on Justin Bieber’s arrest; I’m more on the lookout for trends in the news—especially if they affect the industries I’m interested in, like books and publishing.

By knowing these stories, you’ll be able to talk about them if asked during a job interview. Or, even better, you can bring them up yourself. It will show the employer you’ve done your research and boost you against other candidates.

Use Social Media

Social media can be a big time killer, but it can also be a big help in landing a job.

I follow publishing companies, magazines, books, and authors on multiple forms of social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Each platform offers different information, so each lets me know what stories different people in these industries are talking about.

I also keep my accounts up-to-date, semi-professional, and consistent. If you didn’t know already, potential employers may look you up online—but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you keep your online presence professional and consistent, you might impress employers with your personal brand.

Social media is also great for networking. You never know who might help you find your next job until you reach out to them. LinkedIn connects you with current and past employers, friends, and others within your interested industry. And other platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, can help you network too.

Learn A New Skill

There are a lot of new things that I want to pick up and learn, like online drawing and guitar. However, for my résumé, I’ve been looking to add additional relevant skills. There are many ways to do it, and many times, they can be free!

For instance, I took an 8-week online class about zombie survival associated with AMC’s The Walking Dead through Canvas Network. Now, I wouldn’t call “zombie survivalist” relevant for my résumé, but that website offers a lot of free classes that may be useful to you (on topics like strategic thinking and accounting).

Another great, free option that I’m thinking of doing is Codeacademy. This website teaches anyone with access to the Internet how to code for free. A friend who recommended it to me said the site offers all different types of coding, like Javascript and HTML/CSS. With many more businesses revolving around the Web, knowing code could be an excellent little differentiator for you.

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These are just a few “fun” things to do while you are unemployed to better yourself and your résumé. Other ideas include starting a blog and volunteering. Keep these in mind while job searching.

Best of luck, fellow job searchers!

Have any other ideas to boost your résumé or your hiring potential? Let us know in the comments!

(Photo: Randall Benson)

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  1. Sasha January 29, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing those resources! I too have been looking for ways to learn more skills related to my field and these are great :)

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