Whether you are first time jobseeker or experienced employee, you should always be ready to look for a job anytime. Job security, especially during these times, is no longer that easy to have. Skills security is a lot more attainable than job security since no one can take it away from you. Be ready to look for a job in the future to keep yourself from getting caught offguard when an unfortunate incident happens with your current employment.

Do the following in order to be ready for future job interviews and applications:

  1. Update your resume at least once a month. This is the best way to constantly remind yourself that you need to learn new things relevant to your current job. As well as for you to be able to provide significant changes on your resume.
  2. Update your online profiles whether it is in LinkedIn or PhilJobNet. It’s also a good practice to indicate new skills that you have recently learned or workshops that have attended so you don’t forget them or leave them out.
  3. Sharpen your interview skills. There are plenty of common interview questions that are asked by Recruiters. Questions like “Why are you leaving or current job?” for employees who are planning to leave their present employer. Or the classic “Tell me about yourself” question. Practice, answering similar questions and delivering your responses as properly as you can. You may think that these are simple questions to answer but if you haven’t practiced answering these questions, and deliver your answer well, you may lose the opportunity even if you are highly qualified for the role.
  4. Look at job postings at least once every two weeks. Don’t lose sight of the current trends in the job market. Be attuned with your current industry to also help you research on the latest trends and developments. This will help you become more aware of the emerging technologies and skills that you need to learn and relearn.
  5. Look up alternative jobs. Chances are, if you got laid off, others like you who share the same role with their organization also lost their jobs. It will be a competitive market so it’s a good option to consider other jobs that also interests you. Look at the skills necessary for this alternative job and see if you have it. Learn everything you need to learn about the new job and try to acquire the skills needed for it so when the time comes, you will be ready for it.
  6. Assess yourself constantly. Are you still content with the job that you are currently doing? Or do you need to upskill? Learn something new or change the way you are doing things in order to improve and be ready for a career change.
  7. Create a portfolio of your work. It could be a list of projects for the organization or clients that you have done in the past. Or you can even create a video presentation about the projects that you have done before. Be creative. There are many different ways for you to show what you can do. It doesn’t even have to be on the internet, it could be a physical portfolio. The important thing is that you have something to show future employers.
  8. Save some money for emergency. An emergency fund of at least equivalent to 1-2 months of your current salary is ideal. This will ease the pressure while you look and transition to a new job. Financial experts advise at least ten percent of your expenses should be saved for emergencies, but you can definitely save as much as you can. It’s better to be safe and worry less about rent, food, and other expenses in case you lose your current job.

There is nothing wrong in honing your job hunting skills. Remember that it’s better to be ready to be interviewed or to be assessed anytime. This can also greatly improve your self-worth by proving that you are still relevant to the current job market. It also takes your worries away knowing that you are ready anytime that there are opportunities elsewhere just in case there are unprecedented layoffs with your current company.

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