I’m not sure about the exact statistic, but I’m guessing a high percentage of people have been unemployed at some stage in their lives. Specially in this day and age, where people are finding themselves unemployed for a long period of time without much hope of finding any work.
I’ve been there before, and I don’t have children, a wife or a mortgage – so I can hardly imagine what it’s like to have all those responsibilities and not be able to find a way out. Luckily though, I went through it and came out at the other end, so here’s a few things that I should’ve done.
I know it’s tough, but you need to stay strong. If you get yourself down and manage to get yourself an interview, they’ll be able to tell by your demeanor and body language that something’s not right – this can seem as if you’re not interested in the job, which means another few weeks without work or money.
You should make sure you’re up on time. Eat good food to keep your energy high, and treat finding work as a full time job. Set yourself targets of how many applications to go through and don’t rest until you do them.
This is probably the best tip I can give you. Don’t shrug at the local fast food restaurant wanting a new waiter, apply for it. If you’re looking for a bigger job, prospective employers will think a lot more about your character if you don’t mind taking a crappy job just to pay the bills.
You might find it embarrassing if your friends walk past you picking up litter, but at least you’ll be able to buy a few drinks and laugh about it with them afterwards.
It also helps stay positive – as it’s a routine that you’re sticking to.
In some industries, if you have a certain set of abilities, nothing’s stopping you from going self employed. Can you write? Try http://www.textbroker.com/ – an online resource where website owners are always looking to pay writers decent money for their work.
The great thing about the internet is that there are so many ways out there to make some money. Affiliate marketing is another one. Start a website for a small price, and start selling products for companies. There’s no outlay and you can take a good percentage of what people buy. It usually helps if you’re passionate about the products you’re selling.
Don’t wait for the job to come to you
When I was out of work, I’d go online, read the jobs section in my local paper and then give up. Completely wrong way to do things. You were given legs, go out and use them! Go to bars, restaurants, shops, cafes, nightclubs, hotels….. The list goes on. If you go to 100 places every day and ask if there’s something available, I’m pretty sure you wont be unemployed forever – it’s also good for the health too!
Train for something new
You might have hated your job anyway and have always thought about a career in music production. In UK, being unemployed allows a person to take certain courses for free, so it’s a great time to start reinventing yourself.
Social media is massive now – don’t just send a boring CV just like everyone else, do a video CV! Twitter, Linkedin and even Facebook are good ways to find work. You can even try and get work by selling yourself on Ebay – like this young man here .
I know not being able to find work can be soul destroying – but what makes us who we are is how we can cope with difficult situations and pick ourselves up from them. I learnt a lot from my time without work, and I’ll be happy if I can inspire someone into really getting out there and becoming something great.
Being unemployed can be such a drag – but you’re not alone and you’re definitely gonna get your chance again. By not getting yourself into a rut, you give yourself the best possible chance of getting out of the situation.
So good luck!