What Can I Do While I’m Unemployed?
Making the Best of a Tough Situation:
Unemployment is a turbulent, and often, weary time of uncertainty and wasted efforts.
I can speak from personal experience that being unemployed almost feels like a full-time job – applying to 30-40 positions online daily, pursuing leads, scheduling coffee dates and sprucing up your resume for the 10th time over. (My point is, it’s not the greatest time in a person’s life).
There is a difference however in how to approach this period. You can use the “wait and see” method, sure… Or you can be proactive and increase the chances of finding your next path sooner than you think.
How? Here are some tips to get you started:
- You probably have your resume ready to go, your elevator pitch down and now you just need to get out there… and you’re drawing a blank.
- Start by reaching out to family, friends and professional contacts to connect you with others. There’s a higher chance of getting your resume directly in a hiring manager/recruiter’s hands if someone already within the company hands it to them.
Related Article: Leveraging Confidence for Your Job Search
- Don’t just blindly submit that online application…you might as well toss it in the trash.
- Make it a point to reach out to an employer or point of contact within the organization to make your presence known.
- After an interview, thank you notes are a must
Reach out to a Staffing Firm:
- There’s nothing better than having an employer see you put your expertise to work. If they have an opportunity to see what you are capable of, there’s a much higher chance of you being hired by that company or at least being recommended for a quality position elsewhere.
- Firms also give you an opportunity to facilitate the entire “job-seeking” process being the gatekeeper to employers that are looking for valuable talent.