So what do you do when you’re unemployed?
First of all, you cry about being a FAILURE.
Okay, seriously, on a more optimistic note, it’s not fun being unemployed but that doesn’t mean that you have failed or that there is nothing that you can do.
Just for context, I have job-searching for awhile now. Since then, I have learned few tips and tricks to keep myself moving forward in productivity.
Tip #1: Make sure that you have a routine.
The first few months, I did not have a routine. After a crazy busy schedule of working two jobs and earning an university degree, I was grateful to have the space to breath and relax a little before going to work. However, I soon realised how much I missed and needed my routine.
So I make sure that I plan outings throughout the week, write out my to-do lists, and that I work outside of the house sometimes as well.
Tip #2: Focus on your future career.
Once you know what you want to do, go and work towards that. Do any training that you need to do, study for any qualifications that the job requires, and try to build up the essential skills that you need.
So I have been busy earning my CACHE Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education while I have been job-searching and I just finished it this week. So hurray for me.
Tip #3: Volunteer somewhere.
The best thing you can do is volunteer in the field you want to go into for a day or two out of your week.
The benefits are endless. You get out of the house. You meet new people. You gain experience. You can put down volunteering as your CV which employers love. You get to build up the skills that you need.
I volunteer at a nursery one day a week, and I love every minute. Not only do I get to gain experience and build up skills for my CV, but I get to do work that I love as well.
Seriously, just volunteer and give back to your community. Your community will thank you later.
Look into side or temporary jobs.
Look into any side or temporary jobs as well. Especially if you need the extra cash.
Focus on your health.
It’s too easy for ignore your health, especially your mental health, when you are in a season of trying to find employment. It’s too easy to stress, to worry, to become anxious, and to get low. It is valid to use this time to focus on your health, and that includes physical and mental.
This past month especially, I have been focusing on my resources. I have been trying to get into a routine of exercise. I have been trying to eat well. By reading my Bible and praying, by spending time with my friends, by going out of the house, and by knowing when to relax and when to work, I am practicing self-care. I am practicing moving forward.
To anyone who is looking for employment, this season isn’t forever. Keep moving forward and do the next best thing.