Just when I am fresh out of ideas for a blog post, a job seeker sparks a new one. A few days ago, I visited with a woman who wants to return to the workplace. She is smart, experienced, educated and has an engaging conversational style. She is also very concerned that employers will not consider her a viable candidate given that she has been out of the work space for a few years. If you are a stay-at-home dad or mom and wonder how you can parlay your non-paid stay-at-home experience into a paid position, here are a few ideas to consider:
Plan to succeed as you explore opportunities outside of your current place of work – your home. Be positive, upbeat and energetic as you speak about your skillset relevant to the target job. Use language that links your talents to your target. If you want to be a Medical Sales Representative, for example, then choose language that aligns with that particular occupation.
Assess your skills and know with certainty and clarity how you wish to converse about your brand. Practice talking about yourself before you go to market. Do not practice on the employer -- it will take a hiring manager about five seconds to figure out that you are ill-prepared to communicate your value.
Unwavering focus on your target goal. If you choose to “go back to work” (my client’s terminology), build a solid career transition team to help you get from here to there. Going solo in a search is lonely, inefficient and unnecessary in a world filled with multiple methods to connect and build relationships.
Social media, for the most part, is a friend, not a foe. What better time than now to start a blog, create a LinkedIn profile and build connections with persons in your area of interest? If you say to yourself “Oh, I would never blog” or “I would never be on LinkedIn,” how about considering your competition? Are they blogging? Are they on LinkedIn? Are they tapping into social media as a valuable resource?
Educate yourself on a consistent basis; just because you are “at home” doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Go online and check out courses and classes of interest to keep yourself current, confident and competitive.
Seek out opportunities to give back and volunteer as your schedule permits. Somebody needs you, your talent, your skills, and your brand – the trick is to find the somebody just right for you.
Bottom line, someone, somewhere is going to get a job today – and it might as well be Y O U! I surely hope so!