Unemployed? College Experience is Key!

More often than not, unemployment is viewed in an unfortunate light. However, I beg to differ; I believe it is more of an opportunity to pursue a goal that has been itching to be scratched. While experience in the workforce is important, many employers nowadays are seeking individuals with that coveted piece of paper showing that you have been formally educated. Even if you haven’t completed your degree, it is still vital that you add any college experience or relevant coursework you may have had to help make your resume stand out to potential employers. Keep in mind that a resume is a marketing tool that allows you to showcase your talents and skills.

Furthermore, it is essential to realize the benefit of going back to school while you are unemployed.  Most importantly, you have the extra time to attend courses on campus and focus on your studies. Online is also a great option since you have the availability to log in any day, any time—a plus if you happen to land a job while you are still in school.

While it is discouraging to send countless resumes to potential employers and receive no callbacks, college experience may help drive responses from employers because it shows you are working toward a goal and are determined to finish what you start. It also exemplifies your commitment to increasing your self-worth in order to qualify for a mid-to-upper-level position within a company.

If you are currently unemployed and have been thinking about going back to college, I encourage you to start your research and find a school that will fit what you are looking for. There is nothing holding you back and it will only make your job search easier in the long run.

Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas is a Program Manager at Rasmussen University in Tampa, FL. She has worked in the field of education for over 2 years. Jessica also has a B.A. in Communications from the University of South Florida

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