If your job search has been too long (which is a totally personal decision) you may need to start thinking about a career change. This recent article on creating resumes for a career change may be helpful. Also you may want to investigate my posts on employment trends, especially the recent post about thinking like a free agent.
- Tap your network and learn about different career paths you might explore.
- Once you have some ideas research these paths (try this post for a good starting point.)
- Generate questions you have about these options.
- Try to arrange informational interviews with people in your network (or from outside) to learn the answers to these questions.
- Think about volunteering to gain some experience in the new career path.
- Look to expand your network towards this new path.
- Look at LinkedIn groups that you might join to hear the perspective of experts in the area.
- Follow people on Twitter, Google+ or other social networks that allow to learn from/observe these experts.
- Once you feel comfortable join in on these conversations. This becomes part of your social resume.
- Remember to critically examine your skills and experience to identify areas that will apply to jobs in your new/desired field.
- When performing this examination try a separate sheet (file) for each job (and possibly each major area of each job...) and begin to list in detail everything involved: skills, accomplishments, challenges.
- These lists will help you identify areas to highlight in a resume/cover letter for a job for which you have less experience, but feel that you have the right skills to succeed.
Above all keep the chin up and good luck.