5 Ways To Make The Most Of Being Unemployed
Being unemployed can feel like limbo. Everyone else is out working or studying and you’re stuck at home trying to fine tune your CV or watching endless shows on Netflix.
It’s really hard to get a job in this day and age. Even if you have all the skills and experience, about fifty other people have the exact same skills and experience and, thanks to the internet making everything so accessible, you are all going for the same jobs.
Being unemployed can be a stressful, lonely and boring time in your life, but it can also be a great opportunity. So many people in full-time jobs complain that they don’t have the time to learn new skills and pursue their interests, but now you do have the time so you may as well use it!
There are plenty of cheap and free things that you can do when you’re unemployed to help boost your employability, learn new skills, get better at interviews and enjoy your freedom.
1. Develop Your Skills
Evening classes and further education services can be expensive, but there are other ways to learn new skills. There are plenty of online sources which can, for example, give you a good introduction to SEO and website creation, help you improve your English, IT and numeracy skills, help you learn a new language, and much more.
The online resources that you choose will obviously depend on the kind of work you are hoping to pursue, but there is definitely something out there which can help make you more employable or at least give you something to talk about at your next interview!
2. Learn Something New
Work-based skills are important, but there is a big world out there and there is so much to learn! Being unemployed gives you the time to learn about all the things you may have been curious about but never pursued.
Does economics make your head swim? Why not watch some online tutorials to understand what it’s all about! Do you want to learn about life, the universe and everything? Why not take this opportunity to brush up on your physics, philosophy and astronomy skills? Do you want to learn about how the past has impacted the present? Delve into the depths of history!
There are many free learning resources online which can teach you what you want to learn, so why not take a look? You might even get some new career inspiration out of it!
3. Practice Your Interview Skills At Actual Interviews!
It can be really discouraging when you go to interview after interview and you keep getting the “Unfortunately you have not been successful on this occasion” email, but try and think about it a different way.
Interviews are tricky and little details can make the world of difference, so each time you go to an interview try to treat it as a learning experience. Learn when you can about each company you apply for, read some interview guides online, and then put your interview skills into practice! Even if you don’t get the job you will be better prepared and more confident the next time. The more interviews you go on the better you will get, and it will pay off sooner than you think.
4. Get Some Work Experience
It can be really hard to get a job if you don’t have the necessary experience, but you obviously can’t get that experience without getting a job! A way around this is to do voluntary work or gain some unpaid experience in your chosen field.
Volunteering doesn’t just mean working in a shop or fund-raising. You can volunteer in an office, volunteer with children, volunteer as a researcher, you name it. Think about the kind of experience you need and see if you can get some temporary volunteer work in that area. At the very least it’ll get you out of the house, and it could really enhance your CV and career prospects!
5. Take Time To Enjoy Life
Whenever we have a job we count down the hours till we get to leave, but when we don’t have a job we don’t know what to do with ourselves!
Getting a job is obviously important and it should be something you work towards every day (by fine-tuning your CV, applying for jobs, writing cover letters, researching companies etc.), but being unemployed also gives you freedom which you are going to miss when you do get a job.
Go to the forest and soak up some nature, go to a free art gallery, meet up with friends, catch up on your reading, play that video game! Enjoy it while it lasts, because it’s not going to last forever.