BY: Adam Gavriel
While unemployed, especially if you’re one of America’s long-term unemployed, it’s hard to stay on the right path. It’s hard to make sure that your priorities are balanced and that you are doing the right things. The fact of the matter is, there isn’t only one right way to get a job, but there are plenty of wrong ways to make sure that you stay stuck where you are.
What’s the definition of insanity again? Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.
Here are a few “Do’s and don’ts” of time unemployed.
Do use your time proactively; don’t get stagnant.
This is a problem that faces a lot of America’s unemployed. Time. Time rules all. When you’ve been unemployed for over a few months, it’s hard to stay optimistic. It’s hard to continue down the beaten path that you have blazed for yourself. This is why it’s imperative to stay busy, not only on your job search, but in your life. Improve yourself. Improve your body, but mostly improve your mind. Learn a new skill that you can put on your resume to optimize yourself to employers better. You’ve been reading job descriptions for a few months; you know exactly what they’re looking for, and what you need.
Do personalize every cover letter you send; don’t just copy and paste.
It’s hard to try and promote giving extra work for people when they’re searching for jobs, but this is a necessary key in the machine that is the job search. Efficient is not always effective. You never want to look back at an e-mail and see that you addressed it to a different companies HR representative, recruiter, or even worse, to a completely different company! Take the time to make sure your cover letter is where it needs to be particular to the job you’re applying to.
Do stay persistent; don’t get complacent.
There is a fine line between pushy and persistent, and it’s tough to toe that line; especially while on the job search. Don’t be afraid to follow up your applications with an e-mail, or two. In all reality, would you really want to work for a company who wouldn’t consider you because you sent one or two extra e-mails? What does that say about that company?
Do enjoy your family, and friends; don’t let the stress from your job search spill over.
Maybe the toughest tip of them all in this blog. It’s hard enough for people with jobs to not bring their work home with them, but what about when your job is looking for one? If you have family, this is an even tougher situation. I’m not going to preach to you here and say that “money can’t buy happiness” but unfortunately, life is more than that Hallmark card saying. There are certain norms that we are accustomed to, certain lifestyles we would like to maintain, and when we can’t, it affects everything. You have to do your best to make sure that you treat your job search like a job, and you don’t take it home with you.
These are just a few of the many things that can help in your trying days. Of course, it’s impossible to tailor a blog like this to everyone, but maybe it can help reinforce what is important to you. Please feel free to chime in with your own “do’s and don’ts” in our comment section.
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