So you’ve recently found yourself out of a job. What is there to do in the meantime? Today, we take a look at wise tips to stay positive and keep you occupied in the interim. First off, we’re very sorry that you have to go through this difficult time. Losing one’s source of income is always a harrowing time.
While things may look bleak, it is important to keep a level head. We know it may be difficult but that’s what makes overcoming this so much sweeter. While most people believe that the first thing to do after losing a job is finding a new one, this is actually counter-productive.
Instead of jumping right away into a new job hunt, it is crucial to take a step back and be productive.
Wake up early
Yes, we understand if you’re surprised about this tip. While you’re in between jobs, it is important to get a routine going. It is even better to set waking up early as a goal. Meeting this simple goal is enough to get your productive juices going and to give yourself a self-esteem boost.
Consider building your portfolio
Regardless of your field of work, it is now possible to land projects while in the comfort of your home. There are freelance websites that you can use to land projects that help build your portfolio. Doing so will keep your skills sharp, offer an alternative source of income (even if only temporarily), and you will still have time on your hands to relax.
There is nothing worse than being idle when you’re in between jobs.
Take an online course
The internet is a wonderful thing. We can do pretty much anything and look up anything—provided you know where to look. One of the best ways to keep you busy and to upgrade your skills is through taking an online course. If the online course you find teaches you a new skill rather than upgrade an existing skill, all the better.
Adding this to your improved resume is a great way to show future employers that you are self-motivated. Companies prefer to take in people who showcase initiative.
Reconnect with your network
While you’re busy improving yourself, it is important to remember that the world will move on. A good way to not get left behind is to reach out to your contacts. Let them know that you’re in the market for a new job and will appreciate any leads.
Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to get employed. The right word of praise from a trusted network can mean all the difference between a new job and continued unemployment. If you can, add new members to your network. It will help pad your resume.
Reviewing the wise tips above is a great way to remain sharp and continue to stay afloat amidst uncertainty. If you have any questions or suggestions, shoot us a message and we’d love to share your input with others!