How to survive long-term unemployment

It can be quite distressing to lose your job, only to find yourself still unemployed months or years down the line. Optimism and dedication to finding employment can waver over time, especially with false starts like getting called for an interview or two from a company and not getting the job. There are some tips you can adapt to maintain calm, if not sanity, during your indefinite waiting period. That would be of course after ensuring that your resume and LinkedIn are up to date, you’re networking and searching and apply for jobs. Let’s look into the personal behavior aspect of it.

Don’t look unemployed

That does not mean that you suit up when stepping out the house, but you ought to remain presentable at all times. Your self-grooming routine should not change because you’re unemployed. If anything, take this time to do more than you did before. It does not mean you should spend your remaining money to look good, but use the items and tools you still have to maintain your image. Looking good not only helps keep a crisp image to other, but it is a boost to your self-confidence.

Don’t complain about it

Keeping mute about our problems is, for the most part, not the norm. This time would be the best to cultivate the new habit of mindfulness. It requires that you make peace with the situation. That does not mean that you ought to resign to a ‘fate’ of sorts, it refers to working on what is within your control and continually choosing not to complain even when circumstances appear unfair. When you’re in such a posture, you’ll have an open mind, and you’ll be more likely to stop new opportunities.

Pick up a ‘free’ new skill or volunteer

Being unemployed forces you to prioritize your money. You’ll gravitate toward the word free, and in no time, you’ll find ways to keep you entertained at no cost at all. Are there classes being offered or is there a shelter or hospital you can volunteer at? You’ll be able to interact with new people, gain new experience and learn a thing or two that you can add to your resume. Should you score an interview in a company like Diamond and Diamond Lawyers, you’d be in a position to offer insight into the working of a society or population that only someone in a similar situation would have been able to pick up. A bonus from volunteering would be an appreciation for life especially if you still have a home to go to and three meals daily.

Get other aspects of your life in order

In this unemployment phase, make a list of all the areas your life that suffered when you had a job. Do you need to mend relationships or clean out your closet, or catch up on reading? It’s not the time to binge watch televisions series. Do things now that you’ll thank yourself later for.

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