If you have been out of work, even for just a short while,
coping with being without a job, in down economic times, can dim
your outlook. While some anxiety is understandable, all things
considered, you must keep your spirits up and your drive alive. The
good news is - nothings lasts forever, so your situation is that
much closer to turning the corner. In the mean time, it is
important that you keep your skills fresh and acquire new skills,
if at all possible.
Here are some ideas to keep your skills sharp:
This of course is secondary to a full-time job but if it's taking
longer than you prefer to land full-time work, than you should
seriously consider a part-time work.
Why? Well for starters, some income is better than no income.
Second, while the monetary gain may not be what you are accustomed
to, you get to stay active with your skill set which should be your
primary objective. After all, would you want a doctor operating on
you that hasn't performed surgery in a while? Probably not.
Likewise, potential employers view you in the same light, so keep
your skills working.
Well if you can't make a buck while keeping your skills fresh,
maybe here is an opportunity to do some volunteer work. Surely,
there are some local community organizations that could use any
time that you would be willing to donate. Quite often, local
community centers/organizations and nonprofit
organizations and can only budget for a limited number of staff
members. In turn, this can limit the goals of these community
organizations while, on the otherhand, your time and expertise can
further the goals of local community organizations. You will feel
good about your contributions too.
You know "they say" learning is a life long process. If that is
true, when was the last time you took it upon yourself to learn
something new? If it has been a while, here is your golden
opportunity. This is especially true since being in the normal
cycle of - work, home, prepare for work the next day, can tend to
limit your time to engage in new learning - even if you desired to
learn something new. So now, here is your chance. Take a course or
two whether it is an online course or a
traditional classroom. Consider any pertinent certifications and
licenses relative to your industry. Generally speaking, the first
choice should be towards learning that furthers your career. This,
of course, does not go to say that other avenues could not be
pursued. Just that, the relevance of any training or learning you
acquire, related to your work background, is viewed more favorably
to prospective employers.
While being unemployed and out of work for any period of time is
not preferred, you can and should still make the best of it. Thus,
keeping your skills fresh via part-time work, volunteer work, etc
and lifelong learning along with persistence in your job search is the
best formula for getting back to work in a down economy. Before you
know it, you will be back to work and with a whole lot more than
what you left with. Best wishes and keep it moving!
Author: Blake Turnsby