Sometimes even the best and brightest workers can fall under the dark cloud of “unemployment” and we all know how frustrating that could be. Long-term unemployment can wreck your sense of worth and mental attitude. But fortunately, there are things that you can do to ease your situation. Akhtaboot highlights a few ideas that can help you cope with the impediments of unemployment:

Always have Something to Keep you Busy

Working on projects and tasks of your own while you’re unemployed is an opportunity to focus on sharpening your job search persona. Take this time as an opportunity to work on your CV and keep it updated. Just because you’re not getting paid, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t invest in yourself or offer to help others. It’s very important that you fill your time by adding to your existing skill-set. Opt for learning a new skill or pick up a new project. You can also offer to help at an NGO, volunteer at a hospital, or join a social group. By contributing to your society, you will show that are still willing to work and help others for a good cause.

Change your Job Search Strategy

If it’s been months since you’ve heard anything from the companies that you applied to, then it’s probably time you changed your job search strategy. Maybe you need to step away from your computer, social media, and online job boards and try reaching out to your network of acquaintances. Reach out to your friends, family, or your old co-workers. Ask them if they know any organization that is looking for a candidate with your qualifications.

Don’t be Too Hard on Yourself

You are not alone. There are numerous job seekers who are under the turmoil of unemployment. Being unable to find a job does not mean you are a failure. Give yourself a break and take a moment to breathe. Spend some time with your friends and family, invest in yourself and learn something new. Patience is a virtue, and sometimes waiting for a job offer needs perseverance. There could be many other reasons behind your unemployment.

Check this related article on why you might not be getting an interview; Why am I Not Getting That Interview and What Should I Do?
Consider Other Types of Work

Just because you’re not getting the job that you’ve been dreaming of, doesn’t mean you should dismiss other types of career options. Accepting jobs that won’t affect your desired career path, or get in the way of your job search, can really help you fill in your time. You can consider freelance writing jobs, private tutoring, selling handmade goods, or even working at a nearby charity organization.

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