What to do when you're jobless: 7 ways to get your career moving

January 5, 2015

When you're looking for work, it's easy to feel hopeless and stressed. Here are 7 ways to better your chances of finding a new job soon and get your career moving.

What to do when you're jobless: 7 ways to get your career moving

1. Get to work

It’s a natural concern to wonder what an employer is going to think when he sees that gap between your last job and today's date on your resume.

2. Don't be a job snob

Don’t be afraid to take on a less-than-desirable contract or project. Many people think taking a less professional or lower calibre position will jeopardize their status and lessen their value in the eyes of a future employer. That’s not so:

  • Employers are interested in and empathetic towards candidates who are resourceful and optimistic. Plus, taking on this type of work could always lead to something better later!

3. Keep learning

Consider taking a class or joining a program while you are unemployed.

  • This will show prospective employers your dedication to better yourself and move ahead in your field.

4. Become a volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to make yourself more marketable.

  • By volunteering your time and your skills, you're showing your passion for helping others. This also tells an employer that your main priority isn’t money.
  • If you find yourself between jobs, don't just sit on the couch all day. Dedicate your time to helping others and improving yourself as in individual.

5. Stay up-to-date

Surf around online and read up on stories about industries and job functions that are trending.

  • Not only can this give you interesting new ideas for your career search, it will show you who’s doing the hiring.

6. Start a blog

Sure, there are a lot of bloggers out there, but starting a professional blog is a really smart way to get noticed. Writing a professional blog shows you're productive and positions you as an expert in your field.

  • By blogging about a professional topic or industry that you know well, you're showing a potential employer you're passionate and can take initiative.

7. Connect and network

This is a good opportunity to expand your professional network by attending professional events.

  • Join relevant organizations and use social media to reach out to potential connections that may be able to help you with a job or job contact.

Not knowing what to do when you're jobless can cause a lot of stress, but it can also lead to even greater opportunities if you make good use of your time off.

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