Keeping up to date while unemployed - Increase your chance of finding work.

One of the main things you should do as part of your career strategy while unemployed is keep up with trends and news in the field you have chosen. This will help you find opportunities where there is growth, as well as areas to avoid so you don't become unemployed again.

Technology and Innovation

While new and improved ways of making widgets have created jobs, many times technology has also eliminated the need for certain jobs. Many times a person's career strategy turns completely around when new ways to do things are introduced. Here are a few ways to stay ahead of the curve:

  • Keep up with industry news
  • Look into new ideas being introduced into the market for possible opportunities
  • Keep your skills up to date and relevant
  • Look for possible parallel fields that you can switch to.
  • Learn new skills to keep yourself relevant
  • Watch for steadily growing areas such as computers, media or healthcare

Local Company Actions

Along similar lines, your career strategy should make note of what the local companies are doing in step with their industry. You need to be aware of companies that are either expanding to meet the industry needs or shrinking from falling demand. Your career strategy may change because of this.

Here are a few things to look for:

  • New companies moving into the area - announcements about new industry or business always make the news and can attract many job seekers.
  • Local companies reducing staff or size - if this occurs in waves, it means the company is looking for stable ground to stay in business; if the reduction is sudden then a closure is likely.
  • Local companies expanding or investing - any local business appearing busier than before, or begins capital improvement projects is most likely going to be hiring soon.

Employment Trends in Your Field

Another aspect as part of your career strategy is to know the employment trends in your field and related fields which usually affect each other. Here are some guidelines to consider in your search for new work:

  • Is your field considered seasonal work? Such jobs as teaching and construction can be seasonal.
  • Is your chosen field experiencing growth? If so, is the growth steady, sporadic or fast? Your field may have certain times when it is best to jump in, or stay on the side.
  • Are your skills up to date with newcomers into the field? Younger people are always entering the employment market with improved skills from the older entrants.
  • Are your skills in need of adjustment or improvement to keep up with employment needs?
  • Is the field you have chosen shifting geographically? Would you have to move to a new area to continue in your chosen field?
  • Can you match the education requirements of your chosen field with your financial needs and skills?

Keeping up with the world around you greatly benefits your career strategy by giving you information and out of unemployment.