4 Innovative Tips To Stay Sharp While Unemployed

Posted October 7, 2013 by Sally Calloway in Building Your Brand


It’s not just about who you know anymore. It’s also about who knows you. This is the reality in today’s employment market, said Rich Feller, Ph.D., President of the National Career Development Association in his keynote at the 2013 National Resume Writers’ Association conference. A common theme among my fellow thought leaders and I at the conference was taking a holistic approach when coaching job seekers. A combination of shielding the “rust factor” and becoming “known” can cast unemployed job seekers back into the workforce sooner than later.

Use these 4 Innovative Tips To stay sharp while unemployed:

And, get “known” in the process, so you can get back to work faster.

  1. Keep your brain activity consistent. It is important to keep your mind juices flowing in order to remain efficient with requests and deadlines and to quickly get your mental reflexes back to speed when you start that new job. Enroll in classes and virtual workshops and become a member of a professional group in your industry. Many of these opportunities to keep your skills relevant, are free, and can be found through your local Chamber of Commerce and on various social media platforms. This is also a networking opportunity for you to build your “who knows me” connections.
  2. Volunteer in Your Community.  Donating your time at charity events is a great opportunity to stay sharp, network, and it can even add value to your resume and job interview content. Sharing your professional gifts can boost your getting “Known” efforts and shorten your unemployment. Helping others and contributing to the good of an organization can also help to combat the unemployment blues.
  3. Rust Proof Your Job Interviewing Skills. Soft skills are often underestimated and underdeveloped. You work hard to stay relevant and to keep your workforce skills up to par, and then a job interview sneaks up. Practice interviewing via Skype, one on one with a coach, and with groups. Initiate a mock interview session at your next professional group meeting and encourage candid feedback. Ask a hiring manager in your industry if they would mind conducting a mock interview with you. You just might be the first person they think of when they are ready to hire.
  4. Stay Informed to Remain Relevant.  It is important to stay current on the latest trends and changes in your industry. Subscribe to receive ezine’s from thought leaders in your field. Join groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media platforms to participate in conversations and gain perspective. This shows initiative and innovation. And, your social media posts just might get you “known”!

About the Author

Sally Calloway

As a Certified Professional Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer and Employment Trends Analyst, Sally Calloway has discovered new rules, and little-known, proven strategies that every job seeker needs to know. Throughout her 15-year span of career development experience, Sally has collaborated and consulted with human resources professionals and recruiters across the globe, and with renowned organizations including Disney and MGM International. In her former role, Calloway served as the College director of career services for eight years. She taught career success classes and provided career services to thousands of students and graduates helping them land internships and employment despite the downturn of the employment economy. Currently as an author, speaker career coach, and expert resume writer she coaches and mentors job seekers of all levels from recent college graduates to C-level executives, and former military personnel. Coach Sally has transformed thousands of resumes into job-winning machines that recruiters rave about through her powerful “value-stacking” resume building technique. Her revolutionary job interview techniques help candidates interview with ease and confidence, land offers on the spot, and more money. Sally Calloway has a passion for helping job seekers effectively illustrate their accomplishments on their resume and communicate their value with confidence in interviews so that they can achieve their career dreams. For a free resume critique, you may email your resume as a Word attachment to coachsally49@gmail.com For speaking inquiries, Sally Calloway may be contacted via email at: coachsally49@gmail.com