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7 Unique Skills to Create Your Next Career Move in Florida

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Florida has some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, 3.2% in April 2022, which is 0.4% lower than the national rate. Yet, a low unemployment rate doesn't mean that everyone can find their dream job easily. A lot of individuals struggle to move their careers further in Florida. 

If you have been stuck in a job rut for a while, it is essential to consider your options. 

Indeed, there is a lot that can be changed and improved to give yourself a better chance of taking your career further. Typically, candidates review their resumes and cover letters when they fail to get the expected results. It can be a good idea to look for proofreading tools such as Grammarly, that can help correct typos, grammar mistakes, and improve the overall tone and voice. 

Additionally, it can also be useful to practice your interview skills. Nerves can affect your behavior and responses, costing you the chance to join your favorite company. 

1. Develop effective job search techniques

How do you search for your next career move? Goodwill Industry of Central Florida has identified significant disparities in the way the job market is evolving. Indeed, it is important to create the right profile for the job you wish to obtain. 

Yet, the first challenge starts with the search for a new job. Buzz terms and keywords have changed dramatically. So if you have not been on the job market search in a long time, it is worth getting familiar with the most relevant keywords to date. Indeed, while roles may still require the same skill sets, they may be labeled differently, making it tough for some candidates to navigate their way through job portals and resume writing.  

2. Build your social media presence

Your social media presence plays a huge role in your professional reach. Social media has become a valuable job search tool for candidates and employers. According to a survey of recruiting and hiring managers, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram are the top 3 social media platforms used to manage your professional social media presence. 

So building a reputable and self-promoting presence on social media platforms is essential. Googling yourself will ensure you can identify potentially harmful or inappropriate content, which can be removed or made unavailable through privacy settings. 

Experts recommend removing dormant social media profiles, so recruiters don't have a bad surprise while searching for you. Additionally, you can also use social media channels to monitor and approach relevant businesses and recruiters. 

3. Create a professional network

LinkedIn remains the number one professional networking platform, used by recruiters, employers, and experts in the industry. LinkedIn can help establish your presence in the right market for potential candidates as long as you work on building a solid network. 

Networking on LinkedIn can be crucial to building connections in the right businesses. For instance, you can use LinkedIn to reach out to former coworkers who have changed companies or approach a speaker at a conference event. 

Additionally, candidates can also let recruiters know they are open to job offers. The information is only visible to recruiter profiles. Joining groups and commenting on articles and posts will help build new contacts. You must also focus on building a personal relationship with your contacts, through congratulations, resharing, or simple engagement to their posts. Indeed, the number of connections accumulated on LinkedIn is not as important as maintaining the connection is live and active. 

4. Build an independent web presence

You may be familiar with the name Nina Mufleh, a young woman who made the news in 2015 by creating a website to publish her online resume and target Airbnb. Nina Mufleh's online presence helped her impress a number of recruiters and she finally found her dream job — not at Airbnb, though. An independent web presence with a dedicated search engine optimization strategy can completely transform your experience as a job seeker. For job seekers, the investment in an optimized website can be expensive. However, there are unique situations where it can become a game-changer. 

Professionals trying to move into a consultancy position often need to demonstrate a different level of expertise and personal brand reputation. Having your own website can open the door to many new business opportunities. As a consultant, it can help gain a follower base. But if you are in the process of building a side hustle, your website can also be useful for growing your solo business. 

5. Video creation

Video channels are popular for the creation of engaging and digestible content, and audience groups tend to engage with videos more than with written articles. As a professional seeking the next exciting role, creating a vlog platform on a place such as YouTube can be a fantastic way to establish yourself as an expert. 

Vlogging can serve different purposes for job seekers. It can be an amazing way to get noticed by employers and businesses, whether you wish to apply for a position or become an independent contractor. 

But more and more vloggers are able to build a source of income through their video content, which could act as a side hustle or even full income replacement.  

6. Learn business planning

Not every job seeker would be happy in an employed position. Sometimes, your personality is best suited to independence, so why not seize the opportunity to develop your enterprise. Many platforms provide free courses to help new entrepreneurs establish their first business, from business plan courses to where to find funding. 

7. Update your skills

Many professional sectors have evolved over the years. If you have not been able to keep up-to-date with the latest trends in your niche, it can be helpful to seek training courses. You can discover how to make the most of new tools and techniques that would be relevant to today's employers. 

You can also create a unique portfolio of projects to showcase your skills. For example, a software engineer could create a simple program to perform a task online. You can make the program available on your website so visitors can appreciate your skills. Alternatively, you can also develop your skills through charity and sponsoring, such as providing services for free to businesses in need. 

Building your skill sets can significantly affect your career move. More often than not, working on the right set of skills for your next professional move can bring positive results. 

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