Searching for employment can be challenging under the best of circumstances. And when you’re out of work, it’s even more difficult. But don’t give up. You can do this! Here are three tips to help you find a job while you’re unemployed.
Put Yourself on a Schedule
When you’re out of work, it’s tempting to sleep in until noon and spend the rest of the day watching TV. Unfortunately, this is NOT a good strategy for landing a job. Bestselling author, Jon Acuff (who was fired several times), urges anyone who’s unemployed to stay in “job shape.” Get up on time, stick to a routine and give yourself a purpose. Of course, scouring the job boards for ten hours a day can be counterproductive too. So, use your downtime to launch a successful job hunt AND do something you’ve always wanted to do.
For example, a sample daily routine could look something like this.
7 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Exercise
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Morning Errands
9 a.m. – Noon – Job Search
Noon – 1 p.m. – Leisurely Lunch
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Volunteer/Take a Class
5 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Prepared a Home-Cooked Dinner
6 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Evening Routine
Ask for Help
Not having a job can make you feel embarrassed. However, in many cases unemployment is due to factors beyond your control. (And if by chance losing your job was your fault, you can learn from your mistakes.) Accept and embrace what happened. Don’t hide. Reach out to your network and ask about any possible job leads. Usually, your friends and your family will be eager to assist you. Additionally, think about connecting with a staffing service. Professional recruiters will be able to evaluate your skill set, offer advice and match you with organizations that are hiring. Plus, since staffing agencies charge companies not candidates, you’ll receive all these job-hunting services for FREE.
Continue Advancing Your Career
Ultimately, your goal is to land a new land, but sometimes this takes time. Rather than simply waiting around for your next interview, search for other ways to keep building your career. Take a class or start pursuing an advanced degree. If you’re worried about money, check out online learning platforms like Coursera and Udemy. Both offer a variety of free and low-cost options. Or consider volunteer opportunities. You could practice your customer services skills at a local food pantry or learn more about home construction at Habitat for Humanity. Anything you achieve will look fantastic on your resume. Not to mention, staying busy during your unemployment makes you look passionate and motivated. And that’s exactly the type of person hiring managers want to add to their team.
Are You Ready to End Your Unemployment and Find a Job?
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