In a world of an over-saturated job market, criminal rents and capitalist demands, being unemployed is a tough gig. The first few days or weeks can act as a relaxation period after a stressful past job experience. However, waking up late, an overload of Netflix marathons and the need to pay bills can start to take its toll. There’s only one thing to do: start gunning out emails containing your CV like a crazed lunatic on an electronic rampage. But sometimes, this can also become an exhausting task, especially when no positive feedback is coming your way.
So what can you do to beat the unemployment blues?
Allocate a certain time to send your CVs – Your goal here is to remain sane whilst trying to ultimately get a job. Instead of constantly sitting behind your laptop refreshing for new vacancies, find a time slot which suits you best and send a bulk of CVs in that period. This will seem more like a task rather than a chore. Spending some time looking through new vacancies in the morning will get this task out of the way, while doing it in the evening will give you all the recent openings of the day.
Enjoy the outdoors – Get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air, no matter the weather! With all the time spent inside the house, one can become very edgy! Go for a walk to your favourite spot or discover new areas in your neighbourhood. The outdoors will freshen your mind and help you look at things from a new perspective.
Join a Gym – Fitness is always a good idea, but this will especially help if you have a lot of time on your hands. Joining a gym can give you the right amount of motivation you need for a new start. If you get bored easily doing the same fitness routine, join a gym where multiple fitness classes are available. Then again, calculate to see if you can actually afford it.
Figure out what you want – Being unemployed has a few positive streaks to it. Find the time to think about where you want to go next in your career. Do you want to find a similar job to your previous career, or do you want to try something completely different? If you were unhappy in your previous job because you didn’t like your workload, it’s a sign that you should explore other options.
Don’t procrastinate – We sometimes associate procrastination with school work, but adults can procrastinate too. If you figured out that you want to do something different with your life, start changing and amending. Sign up for appropriate courses or degrees and start applying to jobs which sound more exciting to you.
Get a temporary job – If you see that getting your dream job will take longer than expected, find a temporary job so that some sort of income will help you get through this tough time. This will also fill up some of your spare time.
Don’t give up – It’s easy to lose heart when you see that you’ve got a long way to go, but remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time to sort out your life. Everyone deserves to be happy in what they do. So take your time, get it right and be happy.