In a recent blog, we reported on a study by the University of California that revealed hiring managers in the US are somewhat biased against unemployed job-seekers.
While that’s not true of all hiring managers, it’s not news that it can be easier to find a job when you already have one. And if it’s been a while — and the last date of entry on your resume is 2011 — it’s even more of a challenge.
But that’s not cause to fret. There is something you can do with a gap on your resume – fill it. Even if it’s taking longer than expected to find the right job, there are things within your control you can do to show hiring managers that you’re still productive, involved, and keeping up your skills.
At The Bagg Group, we work with hiring managers at all the best companies across the GTA. Everyone understands that it takes time to find the right position. But they also need to ensure that the people they bring on their teams are high-achievers – they have to know their skills are up-to-date and they can hit the ground running.
The Bagg Group offers these tips to fill in the gap on your resume. The goal is to confirm that being out of a full-time job at the moment doesn’t mean you’re not working and getting better and smarter all the time.
- List the organization for which you are volunteering. Bullet your achievements as you would with any paying position. It’s worthwhile to take on challenging jobs as a volunteer. For example, fundraising in this economy is difficult. It says a lot about your marketing and sales ability if you can reach and exceed targets.
- If you haven’t considered contracts or temporary work, think again. Hiring managers are aware that people take temporary positions to stay active and make ends meet while seeking full-time employment. Most of them would do exactly the same thing. Any show of initiative and enthusiasm for work speaks well of you.
You don’t necessarily need to detail all your temporary work activities on your resume. Instead, just bullet company names and/or key activities under a headline that may read, for example: Contracts
It may be that temporary work doesn’t always require your level of skill. However, in an interview, you can speak to the hands-on learning gained by experiencing an organization from a different perspective.
- Study. Everything changes and evolves, and that includes skills needed in an organization. Look for ways to apply what you are learning, as you learn, so you can speak to putting your up-to-date knowledge into practice. Consider internships or asking organizations to allow you to complete study projects in their offices, in return for sharing the findings of your study.
As a spin-off, all of these suggestions will also expand your network of contacts, which is one of the best job-seeking strategies for anyone.
At The Bagg Group, we’ve placed almost 58,000 people in full-time positions, as well as in contract work and temporary placements. Over our 40 years as a top-notch recruiter in both strong and weakened economies, we have witnessed all kinds of success stories that began with a contract or temporary placement.
That’s how all of us at The Bagg Group know for sure that, to borrow from an old saying, there are many roads that lead to Rome.