Marketing and PR pros are all too familiar with competing for the spotlight.
Many have spent great amounts of time networking, promoting and advocating for their brands and organizations. These PR skills can come in handy when you’re looking for a new opportunity or you want to hit the ground running after a layoff.
A recent article from The Muse says to exercise your marketing chops even when you’re off the clock. To increase your chancing of landing a new job, take on a side project or freelance gig—or test your social skills by setting up a weekly lunch with former colleagues.
Here’s more from Muse on how to advantage of your networking prowess:
An active social and professional network is a huge help when you are looking for work, so feel free to spend more time [socializing] than you think.
Set up lunches with old colleagues, informational interviews with people whose jobs interest you, regular coffee dates with mentors and drinks with distant friends. Foster connections that will help you find your next opportunity.
If you’ve grown tired of crowd pleasing, the article advises you to stay busy so you don’t lose your ambition:
Come up with a project that sounds inspiring and devote a few hours each day to it. [Consider] a blog, a series of workshops you want to start teaching, some pro bono work for a friend or a volunteer project. It doesn’t have to be something huge, but it should be something that keeps you thinking and shows future hiring managers the types of skills you offer.
If you haven’t worked a 40-hour week in years, consider a part-time role, such as this social media community associate position with Orlando’s SunGard Public Sector .
Candidates for this role should have at least two years of professional experience. They should also possess excellent written, verbal and analytical skills, and be an “active participant in social media.”
Not the job for you? See what else we have in this week’s professional pickings:
Public relations assistant— Black Card Management (Colorado)
Marketing assistant— Chicago Vision (Illinois)
Conference content producer— Ragan Communications (Illinois)
Destination editor— The Lonely Planet (United Kingdom)
Public relations account executive— MMGY Global (New York)
Marketing manager— Global Harvest Foods (Washington)
Social media specialist— Orbital ATK (Virginia)
Graphic designer— ZGF Architects (Washington, D.C.)
Senior web editor— Postmedia Network (Canada)
Product manager— LinkedIn (California)
Social media manager— G/O Digital (Arizona)
Writer— Time (United Kingdom)
Social media intern— Oxford University Press (New York)
Copywriter—French Lick Resort (Indiana)
Digital marketing strategist—RevLocal (Ohio)
Marketing manager— Augsburg Fortress Publishers (Minnesota)
Production editor— Cars.com (Illinois)
Life sciences marketing manager— Clarkston Consulting (North Carolina)
International news editor— Key Media (Canada)
Head of marketing—Fasten (Massachusetts)
Associate editor—Buckeye Power (Ohio)
Director of audience analytics— SheKnows Media (New York)
Sales and marketing manager— Mascara Plus Cosmetics (Italy)
Social media photographer—Pizza Hut (Texas)
Marketing coordinator— MedTouch (Washington)
Project multimedia editor, cricket— ESPN (Connecticut)
Marketing manager— Scout Jobs (Australia)
Social media editor— Fuse Media (New York)
Content editor—Booking.com (California)
If you have a position you would like to see highlighted in this weekly jobs listing, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.