If you want to get back to work quickly watch this video “Platform to Employment” from “60 MINUTES”. Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s worth a second look. Joe Carbone’s program is designed for the long-term unemployed; but the steps indicated will be beneficial for your job search, no matter how long you’ve been out of work.
Do you have what the program outlines in place in your own life? If the answer is no, with the help of part 1 of this series, and by what will follow in this part, you can create it.
Doing this on your own takes initiative and the willingness to ask for what you want. Are you ready?
This part focuses on what you need to do to keep your skills and experience current.
The “Platform to Employment” program links participants with internship opportunities with companies that are hiring. What a great idea, but still not that common. To find out if there is a program available where you live check sites like “CareerOneStop” or “Encore.” (see the links below in To Learn More).
Most of you will be finding (or creating) your own internship or volunteer opportunity. Here are some tips on how to:
When you search for an internship you’ll find that the majority of existing structured internships are geared to traditional age college students. To find employers willing to host older interns, search for internships that are “open to college graduates of any age” or “nontraditional internships.”
An internship may not be right for you. Most internships last for several months and as an older worker you may already be juggling a part-time job and family responsibilities.
The good news is that you can still get current experience by creating your own volunteer position, tailor made for you, where you can contribute your skills, learn and update your experience, and create new connections. When your new employer sees how well you work, you may also get hired!
Pick the first organization to investigate.
1. Do you understand, and are you prepared for, a current job search?
2. Do you have the support and structure you need to stay motivated and on track?
3. Are you currently working, and are your industry knowledge and marketable skills up-to-date?
If you can answer yes to all of these questions, congratulations! You are well-positioned to be a convincing candidate.
If some of your answers are no, the best use of your time will be to be proactive and take the actions outlined in the “Platform to Employment” program and in the “Shave Time Off Your Job Search” articles to fill the gaps.
Give yourself what you need to succeed, and you will see the difference in how employers respond to you. And, the result will be a cut in the time it will take you to land a great new job.
Phyllis Mufson is a career / business consultant and a certified life coach with over 25 years of experience. She has helped hundreds of clients successfully navigate career transitions. You can learn more about Phyllis and her practice at PhyllisMufson and follow Phyllis on Twitter @PhyllisMufson and Google+.