U is for Unemployment: How to Make the Most of Your Unemployment

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Raise your hand if you have ever gone through a period of unemployment. I was unemployed for a few months back in 2016, and let me tell you, it wasn’t fun.

With how easy it is to apply for jobs and check out new job postings, it leaves you with a lot of spare time. It’s easy to sit and mope around the house feeling down about your situation. However, instead of sitting on your couch in your pajamas all day, you can use your unemployment as an opportunity to better yourself, and ultimately, your career. Here’s how to make the most of your unemployment.

Freelancing

Worried about paying the bills while unemployed? Make that resume gap disappear by freelancing or accepting some temporary projects. It’s a fantastic way to make some extra money to get you by while you search for the next step in your career.

Online platforms like fiverr and LinkedIn ProFinder have made freelancing so much more convenient (and fun!). These platforms make it easy for people to find freelancers who are in need of a unique skill set. Freelancing offers flexibility, a chance to take on tasks that improve your skills, and mood boost to help lift your spirits during your unemployment.

Volunteering

Spending time volunteering is a great way to spend your free time when you are unemployed. It allows you to do something productive while distracting yourself from your unfortunate circumstance. Volunteering also looks great on your resume and helps give you a sense of purpose.

Trust me, you’d be surprised at how getting out of the house and doing something nice for others will improve your mood!

Self-education courses

Now that you have much more free time, you have no excuse not to learn a new skill or two. Make a cup of coffee, jump on your computer, and find a free course online. Use this time to learn a new skill that will help you land your next job!

Have you always wanted to learn how to code? How about becoming a wiz at Photoshop or blogging? This is your chance to learn something new and increase your skillset.

Treat your job search like a full-time job

This is the most important piece of advice I have to offer during your unemployment. Treat your job search like a full-time job. Don’t just sleep in until noon and watch Netflix all afternoon. Maintain a regular schedule and routine, just like you would if you were employed.

There is nothing wrong with using your new-found downtime to relax and catch up on our favorite TV shows. However, your main priority is finding a new job and sticking to a routine will help you maintain your motivation and boost your mood. Maintaining structure in your everyday schedule will keep your productivity levels up, and ultimately, help you land that dream job that much quicker!