Job searching can be tough enough all by itself. But, instead of crawling into a ball and watching three hours “House Of Cards” on Netflix, I decided to be proactive in building my career and future. Despite of difficult conditions, there are many ways to grow and stay hopeful. There will probably be periods of employment in every person's life. No matter what the circumstances are of being jobless, your best option is to always make the most of it. Whether you’re looking for work, or just taking a breather between assignments, here’s a list of 4 tips what you should be doing.
1. Build Personal Brand
Your personal brand is a vivid indication of the best you have to offer – the performance, contributions and value your next employer can expect from you. When you carry a personal brand, your unique promise of value precedes you and has far-reaching effects throughout your job search. In your free time create some personal “professional” business cards with Name, Email, phone, website if you have one and of course your LinkedIn profile and perhaps personalize it without it being too busy.
2. Increase Your Skills
Looking for ways to increase your job skills while unemployed is a good way to move forward as well. Developing your skills can increase employment opportunities, personal growth, and increase your knowledge in understanding the industry. Look for certifications or training you could take, especially those offered for free. You can qualify more for even entry level positions with extra training in your line of work, and many cities or states offer job skills training. Refreshing your resume, and interview and job skills may make your job hunt easier.
3. Keep Linkedin and resume updated
A polished resume (and LinkedIn profile!) can be almost as valuable to you now as they are when you’re in the middle of a job search. If your resume and Linkedin are not up to date, do it now (mine are updated constantly), you can avoid selling yourself short and leaving a generous colleague hanging. Also, consider different versions of your resume that match the job requirements that you are applying for.
4. Self Reflection
Most importantly take a moment to accept your situation. Realize what is important: I am a healthy, intelligent, educated, successful, happy person with a wonderful family (or whatever works for your situation!)
Don't feel guilty if you're not job searching for 40 hours a week. And that's not a bad thing. When unemployed, your thoughts about yourself can become negative and distorted. Unemployment is tough, and it's okay to take advantage of the time that you have to do things that you didn't have a chance to do when you were working all day. Hopefully you'll be back at work soon enough, and then it may be harder to find time to do those things.