Part I :How to Find Resume Gap Filler Opportunities

In one of my previous posts I shared some of the sources that you could use to utilize the time at home especially when you do not have any transportation facility. But if you have  transportation, willing to work, have a work permit, and looking for ideas to fill gaps in your resume then some of these ideas are for you:
  • Volunteer: :Search for volunteering opportunities within few miles radius like Redcross, church, temple, your kids school, old age homes,  and university. This may not look great on the resume but something that you can show with a proof. I personally think there is a lot that we get to learn from these volunteering opportunities. To volunteer at your daughter or son's school - you have to ask his\her teacher, usually there is an application that needed to be filled out with details. Once you submit that, they have it on their record and when they need help they will inform you based on your availability. Click here to find out Redcross volunteer opportunities
  • Internship: Universities and local companies have internship opportunities. Mostly they are not advertised because they give preference to enrolled graduate or undergraduate students. If you have network then it is easy to find these kind of unlisted opportunities. You may not get paid but you can definitely learn skills that will look attractive on resume. It  is mutually advantageous because  companies or universities get the service from you and you get to learn the skills and gain experience.
http://www.coop.ucf.edu/
http://www.career.usf.edu/students/internships.htm
  • Part time job: This is same like internship but you will get little more money than interns.
  •  Search in nearby related companies for the available opportunities. Best way is o personally visit the HR department and inquire about part-time or on-call positions.
  • Baby Sitting: If interested in babysitting then you could post  a flyer (pamphlet) with your advertisement and contact information on the leasing office message board. Ask your apartment leasing office people for the procedure to put up the flyer. If  living in a community, you could approach Home Owner's Association for advertising and also to find out the regulations specific to the community.
Flyer can be designed using Microsoft Powerpoint very easily.  Use your creativity to make it attractive and don't forget to put easy to strip 'contact tabs' at the bottom.
Flyer Template
There is so much I can add about this topic, I don't think one post would be enough. If any reader has any specific question please post with your comments or email me at IAmNew2America@gmail.com. Part II of this post is coming soon.


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