How To Make The Most Of Being Unemployed
Have you heard of the saying ‘every season has its blessings’? This is quite difficult to accept if you’re unemployed isn't it? You’ve applied for about fifty job roles, gone for five interviews and all you’ve received in return is rejection. Where is the blessing in that?
I understand! Rejection is not fun. However, even though things might seem quite uncertain, during this time of being in between jobs, you can strategically position yourself and make the best out of being unemployed. Here's how:
Avoid negative thinking
When it comes to applying for jobs and going to interviews, a positive attitude is essential. Negative thoughts and thinking can harm your job search as it affects both your attitude and confidence.
Even though your friends and family might mean well, try not to entertain negative comments or feel bad for not having a job yet. Spend time at the gym and in between your job search keep yourself busy with things you love to do.
Perfect or learn new skills
Yes, you might be unemployed but that doesn’t mean you have to act like it. Get in the habit of keeping yourself busy. Make a conscious decision to learn and do new things. Learning new skills will enhance your career and it will also benefit you in many other ways.
According to research, learning new skills improves your memory over time and it keeps your brain sharp and active. The internet offers a lot of resources when it comes to learning new things. You can find great video’s on YouTube that will teach you how to learn various new skills. And guess what?! It’s for free.
Get a side hustle
If you have a dream of one day starting your blog, business or bringing to life that idea you’ve had for years. Now, is the right time to make use of all that 'extra' time! If there’s no opportunity knocking at your door, why not create your own? Getting a site hustle can be as simple as selling some unused and valuable items on eBay, Amazon or Gumtree.
If you are a natural talent when it comes to writing articles, designing web graphics or building websites, start looking into freelance opportunities or get involved with temporary projects. Also, getting a site hustle is a great way to build your personal brand and portfolio and to position yourself as an expert in your field of work.
Sarah Johnson is a marketing professional and the Founder and Editor of Corporate Career Girl. Her true passion is to empower career girls in the workplace, and help them bridge the gap between university and the corporate environment.