Did you ever think that your search for a long-lost relative could develop skills that could lead to a job offer? Researching your personal ancestry can improve your attractiveness to prospective employers who need a person with the doggedness to follow leads, comb through old files and newspaper articles, track down relatives and create a database of information that’s searchable.  Your efforts may impress a prospective employer by demonstrating your ability to collect, sort and manage information compiled over the years. Doing the research can enable you to demonstrate a talent or skill for handling specific details that lead to heretofore unknown facts and historical information.

To the prospective employer or supervisor, any person who shows enough interest to delve into the family history and produce reams of results after sifting through records using Ancestry.com may be someone who is willing to invest personal time and energy to do substantial research.  And most employers are absolutely delighted to find candidates who are willing to spend their own time to research subjects and questions they find of interest. Candidates who shows that initiative are persons who are noticed and remembered by managers who think such characteristics can be refined and enhanced to perform high caliber work on the job. Employers also like to see workers who willingly invest their own money to help get a project done. It makes sense to buy a DNA kit from Ancestry.com with a Groupon that reduces the price by $10. Think of all the information it can unlock.

The information gathered in your ancestry research can also assist your employment hunt by helping you learn skills and procedures that can be useful for performing your work. You are also exposed to various research sites and sources of information that you can use for other purposes that can help you perform key work activities. For example, detailed historical or legal information you’ve used in the past from a little known source or database might be useful when researching information on dealing with recording changes in costs of living. It’s just one way your ancestors can help direct your future endeavors.