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What should I do while awaiting job placement?

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What should be good way to spend time while awaiting job placement?

Question originally answered on Quora.com.

I’m not quite sure what you mean by ‘job placement’?

I’m going to assume that you are waiting for someone else to find a job for you. I’m also not sure if this is a result of an educational or training program that you have taken or as a result of signing up with an employment agency.

You ask what you can do while spending time awaiting job placement. The answer depends on how self-motivated you are. There are likely many activities you can undertake, that lead to increasing your value as an employee.

If this is your first job in a specific field, you can add to your skills and knowledge base by doing on-line research.

If you have an interest in other fields, besides the one that you are waiting for placement in, becoming knowledgeable can help you.

Every field of work has its own specific skills set and work-related knowledge. Many of those skills are transferrable to other jobs and sought after by employers.

‘Soft’ skills are very marketable right now. Examples are well-developed interpersonal communication skills, conflict management and resolution skills, presentation skills, self-confidence, networking skills etc.

These are all skills you can develop on your own time, with minimal expenditure.

Assuming you are over the age of 18, you could check out a local Toastmasters club. Toastmasters provides an inexpensive venue for developing communication & leadership skills that are highly sought after in the workplace. You would likely be able to continue your self-development journey after you get placed in your job.

You can also spend time tweaking your resume for future job applications. As well, if you haven’t already, sign up for Linkedin and create a professional profile. You don’t have to actually be a professional, just create your profile in a professional manner. Make sure that your resume and Linkedin profile resonate with each other i.e. they should contain similar promotional material. Whereas your resume needs to brief and to the point, your Linkedin profile can allow you to add additional material to back up what you have high-lighted in your resume.

Good luck in your upcoming placement!

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