Jobless to Joyful: Advice for the Unemployed
By: Katelyn Lengeman, Recruiting Assistant
Are you currently unemployed or underemployed? If your answer was yes, the important thing to remember is that this is not the end of your road. Here at Gage Personnel, we’ve compiled some common mistakes and advice for those of you who are currently not employed.
First of all, let’s address common mistakes:
• Complacency: As much as “down time” can sound appealing, the job market is tough and you don’t want to delay your search. In addition to the tough job market, employers like to see a steady job history on your resume.
• Old Resume: Don’t ever send an old resume. Update your resume as soon as you get laid off. Employers want to see the most up-to-date experience you have. This will also come in handy when last minute opportunities become available and you’re all set to send over your updated resume.
• Application Happy: Just because you need a job does not mean you need to apply for every open position. Keep in mind that your time is much better spent applying to jobs you know you’re qualified for. Applying can be tedious, make the most of your time.
Now, what should you do?
• Be Proactive: In addition to updating your resume and applying for relevant positions, use your time to learn new skills, volunteer, and get involved in your community. This can be a great addition to your resume and can show your motivation to learn. In your spare time, take some time to travel or visit loved ones if you can, organize your personal space, de-clutter your life, and mentally prepare for your next position.
• Reflect: Take this time to really evaluate what you want out of a position. Ambition is great but you also need to be realistic about salary needs and positions you’re qualified for. Sometimes it’s necessary to get your foot in the door and prove yourself before you can climb to the top. Setting unrealistic expectations can remove you from being considered for potentially great job opportunities.
• Encourage Yourself: Staying encouraged is key to motivation. Look at this as an opportunity for both professional and personal growth. Explore options that you would not have considered if you hadn’t been laid off. Find a sense of accomplishment while you prepare for your next career and consider what you are actually looking for in a new position.
When in doubt, ponder this:
*Oprah Winfrey was told she wasn’t fit for the TV industry.
*Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, which he co-founded. When he got re-hired over a decade later, he brought with him the ideas for the iPod, iPad, and iPhone.
*Walt Disney was told by a newspaper editor that he wasn’t creative enough.
*Milton Hershey went bankrupt before he began the Hershey Company and made the company that thrives to this day.
It’s not easy to be laid off, nobody denies that. There are options to try again, though. With the scary nature of being unemployed comes the opportunity to take risks and get yourself out there again. The only failure is the failure to try again.