What to do when not getting job and been unemployed for long.
It is downright ridiculous and a paradox - But - when you are employed - the activities and work that you do would be much lessor - AND if you are unemployed for longer than 4 months your workload would increase tremendously - to enable you to find employment faster.
In this article - you will learn the following
How does it feel - when you have been unemployed for long PLUS 110+ Things You Should Do when you are Unemployed - under this - we will cover the following
- -17 steps to create a disciplined schedule to fill you days with meaningful productive activities
- -Find temporary work use these 7 methods - any work - which does not make you feel demotivated
- -Volunteer for good causes - find the right type of organizations which do meaningful work - it has got following 7 unbeatable benefits
- -6 ways to Sharpen and fine-tune your employability skills - even if you have been out of work for long - if you manage to acquire cutting-edge skill and then get exposure of real-time work - you would have come back in the job market - beating most of the competition
- -28 preparation and ways on How to answer successfully - that is making this answer the tipping-point - to make you look more impressive - Why have you been out of work so long or any of its subtle, brash, crude and rude variants
- -18 tips for Re-Examining and Fine-tuning Your Employment Strategies and Tactics
- -8 Answers for questions like - How Long Have You Been Looking for a Job and Why You did not get job for so long with
- -10 ways to manage your finances - because being unemployed for long can dip your savings very fast and in no time you may find yourself without any money to even survive day to day
- -A gig - anyone can do
- -9 ways to developing mental-emotional resilience - The longer you're out of work - the more anxious, insecure or depressed you can become - and this will be very much noticeable and will actually reduce your chances of landing a job
What to do when not getting job and been unemployed for long.
Most people who lose their job feel embarrassed, humiliated, and ashamed
Many of the people who lose their jobs get into devastating despair filled with sadness, anger, self-doubt, fear, isolation and even depression.
Job-search has become tougher for most of us - yet - the people who have the best chance of getting a job today are those - who have wonderful combination of skills, talents, competencies, qualifications and are in the current in-demand job sectors.
And at the bottom levels are those candidates - who regardless of their background are out of job for more than 9 months - the more gap exists in between your last job and now - the more challenging your job-search going to be [people over 50 within this scenario are the worst affected segment].
To top it - there could be genuine reasons why you are really unemployable - because the issues of your having out-of-date skills, out-of-date expertise and maybe outdated knowledge.
None of us can control - how the job market is right now or when we will manage to get a job or the global and industry economic situation.
In many cases - we don't have any control being unemployed - but we can take charge of how we go about recreating the future.
All of us can control - what we do - when we are unemployed - without feeling overwhelmed and tormented and also making others crazy.
If we can persevere with determined and disciplined efforts in the right directions - we would be rewarded - when the opportunity meets our preparations, practice and efforts.
In an ideal situation - getting a job is 6 months+ affair - if we are starting from resume-creation to reporting for work on the first day of our job - and this happens for - the people who are fully ready and geared-up for the job they are suited for.
Besides creating a niche and in-demand skill, qualification, expertise and exposure - we also need to work on ways to grow and remain hopeful without going insane.
Have you lost your job recently in say last 1 to 3 months - or have you been unemployed for long - or you could not get a job after your last qualifications - or you have been coming to the job market after say a decade of absence.
110+ Things you should do when you are unemployed
- 1.17 steps to create a disciplined schedule to fill you days with meaningful productive activities
- I.Start your day early
- III.Have a to-do list ready - which is prepared the evening before - and should include all the following
- IV.Spending time learning about a new skill - which can give you the slight-edge to bet the competition
- V.Practicing your any new skill you have acquired which is very important
- VI.Enrolling and joining an online course
- VII.Spending time on studying
- VIII.Attending virtual seminars, workshops and training programs - which are in your interest areas - as well as those which can increase your chances of getting employment
- IX.Joining professional forums
- X.Participating on professional industry forums - creating presentations
- XI.Reading time for keeping yourself updated with the latest development and to identify - which skills would give you cutting-edge advantage
- XII.Online schedules time - only for professional advancement + networking + search for work
- XIII.Teaching what you know to others - it could be academic or any other things you are proficient in
- XIV.Relaxing and being silent in your own company without distractions - to introspects and getting in touch with your dreams and for searching for solutions to your challenges - The key is to organize your daily schedule around activities that directly or indirectly boost your chances of finding a new job and leaving enough room for relaxation and having fun.
- XV.Spending time for your hobbies, passions and other interests - these including relaxation are as important as your job search criteria
- XVI.Maintain healthy eating-habits and sleeping-schedule
- XVII.Get Organized - make your laptop, mobile, wardrobe, desk, bed and bookshelf, everything - neat - it is part of discipline regimen
- 2.Find temporary work use these 7 methods - any work - which does not make you feel demotivated
- I.Search for Work Online - which matches with your skills and for which you can give regular time - ensure that the portal you have chosen have positive reviews
- II.Look at the options at sites such as Fiverr and Upwork etc.
- III.All these sites gives you very-very low remuneration - but it is always better to move forward slowly than not at all. Spend some time of sites like - eBay, Flipkart and Amazon
- IV.Find ways to connect manufactures-suppliers-vendors sell stuff - through using your social-media and online skills
- V.Find things which are not useful for you - but others need it - use garage sales
- VI.Give tuitions
- VII.Teach others - your artistic skills
- 3.Volunteer for good causes - find the right type of organizations which do meaningful work - it has got following 7 unbeatable benefits
- I.You can explain about what you did when not getting paid
- II.Instead of doing nothing and being depressed - you would feel the positive energy filling you with enthusiasm to remain positively cheerful and hopeful
- III.If you get noticed - you may also get absorbed by this organization
- IV.It will add to your experience
- V.You would be engaged meaningfully
- VI.You will be able to network in a different sector
- VII.You come in touch with a powerful center of influence of influence - who could mentor and change your life
- 4.6 ways to Sharpen and fine-tune your employability skills - even if you have been out of work for long - if you manage to acquire cutting-edge skill and then get exposure of real-time work - you would have come back in the job market - beating most of the competition
- I.Identify what skills, certificates, diplomas and qualifications - will add value to your existing profession and make you irresistibly attractive to the employers
- II.Also identify others skills - which are not related with your current profession - but - can open ways for meaningful revenue generation
- III.Identify the emerging trends - and - the new skill requirements
- IV.Identify certificates and courses - which will tell your prospective employers - that even though you did not get a job - you did the best way to upgrade yourself.
- V.You can find these courses through online MOOC [ mass open online courses] of globally best universities AND through portals like edX and Udemy and Linda etc. - many of these are free or low-cost and most of them could be done if you have access to decent internet connection and access to big screen - tabs, laptops or personal computers
- VI.Identify skills - acquiring which may make you start - some small venture of own by using your existing experience
- 5.28 preparation and ways on How to answer successfully - that is making this answer the tipping-point - to make you look more impressive - Why have you been out of work so long or any of its subtle, brash, crude and rude variants
- I.This question is very important for you to answer yourself - because it has not only eaten away your resources – and you are still unemployed- plus it demolishes your credibility as a person who is capable enough.
- II.We will see how you can answer this - but - you need to polish on everyday basis - so that you can answer without becoming defensive or losing your confidence.
- III.It can be explained in any way - if you have been out of work up to maximum three to four months.
- IV.Beyond this - you must have an answer which is highly convincing and valid.
- V.Why the interviewers or the employers want to know this - What have you been doing all this time - why haven't you found a job yet - If other employers did not hire you, why should they
- VI.Have you been sitting around watching TV
- VII.Were you out there hunting for work
- VIII.Was your approach wrong or your search method is ineffective
- IX.Were your expectations not calibrated with the reality
- X.Are you a square peg trying to fit yourself into a round hole
- XI.Was it something other interviewers observed - which made them not to select you
- XII.Are your skills, knowledge and domain-grasp up to date - have you maintained and refined your competencies or just let them slide by being out of touch
- XIII.How desperate you are for a job
- XIV.Do you genuinely want to work for them or you may be using this chance to fill the gap till better opportunity comes
- XV.Fill the gaps - highlighting your professional, social and personal accomplishments - without giving the chronological dates - yes when you use this - ensure that you have upgraded your skills to the current in-demand
- XVI.Whatever accomplishment or qualities you mention in your resume - should be backed-up with a real-life incidents which brings out
- XVII.Never be defensive about being unemployed nor try to hide it - almost 70-80% of people have been out of job one time or another
- XVIII.If and when someone ask you - what you are doing as most of the people you meet would - mention about projects that you ae involved in - but also mention that you are looking for paid assignments in those areas
- XIX.Reasons you can give for your ever-growing gap between the last job and future job
- XX.Don't fall back on the lame excuse of volunteering, taking a break, travelling or taking care of someone - this is only useful if you have had very-very stressful job working 14-16 hours each day and your break is for maximum around 1-3 months
- XXI.Talk about and highlight personal accomplishments
- XXII.Know your industry and whether it is experiencing turbulence - if entire business-segment like hotel, aviation and travel Industry has taken big-hit - then this can be explained
- XXIII.Recovering from an illness or injury - only if that is backed up by genuine and that it's in the past and won't affect your performance.
- XXIV.If you worked with a career coach during that period
- XXV.Whichever way you reply, be credible and focus on the positive. For instance it's fine to state that you took a few months to sort things out and strategically look at your life.
- XXVI.You can mention your being clear about what specific type of job - you have been looking[you will have to do lot of research and create data to make this rationale credible]
- XXVII.If you have turned down any job offers - explain with solid[means with evidence], rational and logical reasons
- XXVIII.Show how your skills - actually helps the company's current and future challenges
- 6.18 tips for Re-Examining and Fine-tuning Your Employment Strategies and Tactics
- I.Too many interviewers believe that if you have no job - especially if you've not had one for a while - there must be something wrong with you. You have to show through a technique called SPIN - why not employing you - would be their loss
- II.One of the best way to get into good organization or landing that interview happens through being referred to a position by someone who is known and trusted by the employer - this is not easy as finding the people with influence would be comparatively easier said than making them refer with nice credential
- III.Make a list of all people who are centers of power and influence who you know directly or through a person close to you
- IV.Create Powerful resumes
- V.Make your LinkedIn profile stand out - qualitatively and shows your resourcefulness, creativity and skill-sets
- VI.Treat every interview as life and death situation - do massive research and preparations before Interviews
- VII.When you don't succeed - analyze and ensure that the same mistake is never repeated
- VIII.All the objections - that the interviewers may raise - prepare answers for that based on earlier guidelines
- IX.All the while never ever lose focus and neglect your self-care, grooming and dressings
- X.Polish your communication and social- and professional etiquettes
- XI.Reach out to a former employer - if did leave on good terms and you still make efforts to maintain relationships
- XII.Create ways to fast-start and boost your Enthusiasm
- XIII.Make new contacts and Broaden your search
- XIV.Address these interview-killers on war footing - out-of-date skills, out-of-date expertise, inability to work well with others
- XV.Research your own industry from the outside perspective - Get up-to-date on the job search market
- XVI.Identify opportunities on hot industries and job functions - Start your own business or look for a job temporary part-time or otherwise
- XVII.Use key words in your resumes
- XVIII.Create your unique story in such way that it inspires and motivates others
- 7.8 Answers for questions like - How Long Have You Been Looking for a Job and Why You did not get job for so long with
- I.I have been searching for a fair amount of time as I looking for great fit
- II.Never say I am open to any job - it sounds horrible and make you look desperate - which is the last thing you want to look and additionally it will make you look unfocused
- III.Be clear about your strengths, interests, qualifications, work personality and career goals
- IV.When you introduce yourself - tell I am X and I am a communication professional or a financial analyst
- V.First Impressions Count - ensure that you practice professional power-walk, professional hand-shake, profession body-posture
- VI.Ensure that you look in the eye and have a confident smile
- VII.Talk about your passions
- VIII.When people ask you what you do - you say I am in the market - do you know anyone who can refer me or know any good gigs for say an accountant
- 8.10 ways to manage your finances - because being unemployed for long can dip your savings very fast and in no time you may find yourself without any money to even survive day to day
- I.Review your budget to cut expenses as much as possible
- II.Don't spend - unless on essential
- III.But invest in updating your skills and certifications
- IV.Know the difference between - wastage, essential-expenses, expenses which can be postponed and investment which will bring the change in future
- V.Consolidate all your debt and create a debt management schedule based on new realities
- VI.Identify all the debts you need to pay - talk with the lenders to see if installment payment can be rescheduled
- VII.Find ways to make extra cash while you look for full-time employment - Pick up freelance work through
- VIII.Consider lending options that could provide cash, but be careful of frauds - and find out about all the ways the new loan increase your financial risk plus how much will this new loan cost you and when you ultimately pay
- IX.Can you do without this loan
- X.Avoid getting into debt-trap
- 9.A gig - anyone can do
- I.Start writing blogs on your experiences because of unemployment, financial-issues and interviews on Quora, Medium and other blog sites and also share these on Facebook and LinkedIn First - this will help you retain your sanity while productive as well as build credibility by creating online presence productively
- II.You are anyhow unemployed - but by writing - can show your knowledge and able to communicate that knowledge to others in order to help them
- III.Rediscover and rejuvenate your creative and artistic talents - find ways to monetize them
- 10.9 ways to developing mental-emotional resilience - The longer you're out of work - the more anxious, insecure or depressed you can become - and this will be very much noticeable and will actually reduce your chances of landing a job.
- I.If anxiety or depression is significant - don't be afraid to seek counseling from qualified professional experts
- II.Otherwise find your own relaxation techniques
- III.Be useful - add value to others - help
- IV.Volunteer for local events and causes
- V.When you feel overwhelmed, focus on what you can control and take action to tackle the Problem
- VI.Practice healthy coping skills like - writing blogs, meditating, deep breathing, exercise and yoga
- VII.Have a genuinely caring and supportive support system
- VIII.Eliminate unhealthy coping skills like overdependence on alcohol drugs, smoking etc.
- IX.When you realize that you are getting into negativity-trap - if you find yourself thinking about how awful your life is -make yourself move get up and do anything physical to change your emotional state
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