Being unemployed is hard, especially when jobs in your field aren’t hiring. It’s easy to get discouraged in this situation. But don’t let yourself stay in this unemployed slump. Get up and find the motivation to get you moving and get you’re your next job. Here are some things you can do to get you out of bed and ready for your next job.
Of all the extra hours spent at home, how many of them are spent online? Instead of watching viral videos, and searching the latest celebrity gossip, spend the time online improving your profiles and your overall presence online. Start by cleaning out your social media profiles. Delete any pictures or posts that are inappropriate or offensive. You may have though something was appropriate during your college years, but a profile picture of you doing a keg stand will not get you hired. Its little changes like these that can make you a more appropriate candidate for a job. While you’re at it, it would help to strengthen your LinkedIn profile, and work to follow more professionals online. This is a good step in the right direction, and something that you can still do right from your couch.
With all this time you spent online, after cleaning up your profiles you should also work to connect with others. Networking is a major component of finding a job and much of it can be done online. LinkedIn can be a great way to make connections with professionals in your field, so get busy improving your profiles so you have a good image to display to your new connections. And while you work to create new connections online, don’t be afraid to reach out to old connections and see if they know of any open positions. It’s all about using your resources.
Instead of holding out for a high-level position in the field of your dreams, it might be in your better interest to take on a part time job while you search for a more permanent position. This will help your resume by showing that you were not unemployed for as long before getting a professional position, and it will also show employers that you are willing to work hard, and do everything that you have to. While you may think your skills are above the level of a part time job, it can still help you get back on your feet.
While you’re getting a nice little break from work, so are your skills. You may be a math genius or a wiz with your computer skills, but if you’re not using them you may be losing them. Instead of letting your skills gather dust, make sure you stay up to date with them and practice to keep from getting rusty. This way you’ll be prepared to go back to work when the opportunity comes.
The biggest part of nailing down a job, is nailing the interview. If you can’t ace an interview with an employer, your odds of getting a job offer are slim. So take the time while you can to practice your interviewing skills and prepare for all the questions you may be asked. You don’t want to be caught off guard in the interview. Instead, show your interviewers that you are prepared and ready for the job with perfected skills.
With these easy ways to get out of your employed slump, you can get prepared and find a job in no time!