April 24, 2012
Unemployment can be frustrating. You may feel that you need to job search full-time, but sometimes this isn't the case. Instead of spending hours in front of the computer, searching job site after job site, get out and do something else. You'll make contacts and expand your professional network.
Start a Blog
Using a format like Wordpress.com, you can start a blog for free. This is especially effective if you have a specialized area of interest. The more you build your readership, the more people will want to know about you, and you might make some helpful contacts. Add your blog to your LinkedIn profile so employers have easy access to it.
Taking your mind off of yourself and putting your energy into something else will help you to stop obsessing over finding a job. You don't need to volunteer for 40 hours a week, but an hour or two will allow you to get out of the house and give back. You might have not had the chance to do this while you were working, so take advantage of it! You might even meet a potential employer along the way.
Learn a New Skill
If you can afford to go back to school and take a few classes, go for it. You don't need to get another Bachelor's degree, but taking an online course about social media, or that class at the culinary school that you've been dying to take, will help you build your skillset. If school is out of the question, ask a friend if you can shadow them at work for a day. You might even find a new passion.
If you've been the victim of a desk job for years and years, eating mindlessly at your desk with no time for exercise, it might be time to get healthy. Use your extra free time to your advantage. Join a gym and start planning healthy meals!
Find an Internship
Internships are not just for college students and recent grads. An internship will get your foot in the door, help you to learn the skills you need to be successful in your field, and (maybe) help you make a little money. If you're interested in finding an internship, look for job fairs in your area. Many employers attend job fairs in hopes of finding qualified interns. Don't think that you're above an internship, because it can lead to great things!
The bottom line is, you don't need to throw yourself a pity party. Get out there and do something.
Emily Keck, ChaCha Business
Source: U.S. News