Being unemployed is something most of us hope to avoid, especially if we have a family to support and a mountain of bills to pay for. It can hit our confidence hard and consequently, we can become blind to other opportunities that are still present out there. I hope that this article will help to give some perspective about this difficult period and perhaps, turn this situation into something positive and productive.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some great ideas on how you can transform your unemployment period into something great:

1. Know Your Skills and Wants

Each one of us changes and evolves whether we recognize it or not. Our interests, strengths, and weaknesses shift constantly and if we are not aware of them, we can never improve ourselves and stretch our limits to the maximum.

So, during your unemployment period, stop and make a self-assessment. Are you still interested in the career you had before? What skills do you think will be helpful for your next job? Taking this time to ask yourself will help you refocus your goals and find the right job for your current knowledge and skillset.

2. Improve your Skillset

Some skills require constant updating to remain relevant in today’s working environment.

For example, if you are an architect, you must be able to include new improvements, features, and styles in the architectural integrity of the houses you are designing and constructing. Learn and update your skills, and refrain from creating elements that are outdated or not notable to make yourself stand out.

You can easily improve your skillset by checking out new digests of your chosen industry, joining free online courses like Coursera, and even reading relevant and current news about your industry.

3. Touch Up Your Resume

Don’t forget to revise your resume as well as your LinkedIn profile. Dust off those cobwebs on your credentials as employers and hiring managers nowadays are looking at resumes that are short and straight to the point. Remove those irrelevant experiences, especially your internships from 10 years ago.

4. Attend Networking Sessions

Nowadays, networking sessions have moved online which makes it ideal if you are an introvert. Attend video conferences and webinars that are relevant in your career. Rubbing shoulders with other people who have the same work interests can also be a great way to get back into the workforce.

5. Inspire Yourself With Videos

I love watching TedTalks and recently, I have been watching SharkTank. Both programs inspired me in different ways. TedTalks gave me new insights and made me realize that there are much bigger problems in the world than what I have right now.

Although all our difficulties are valid, the show gave me a different approach to look into problems as there are no too big or too small that cannot be solved. SharkTank, on the other hand, just amazed me on the thought processes of the entrepreneurs. Their innovations and new ideas hit the sweet spot by serving and targeting the gaps in the market.

6. Practice your interview technique

It is undeniable that one of the scary things about applying to a new job is the interview. Interviews are very important because it is the perfect opportunity to impress future employers about your knowledge and skills. It is also the primary step to achieve your desired position and continue your career. Employers will evaluate your personality, especially on how you handle stress and pressure, skillsets, and determination to join their company. However, keep in mind that it can also be a two-way street as the interview is also the best time to assess whether the employer or company is the right fit for you.

Practice answering interview questions with your friends or family to help you assess your responses. Make sure to give them a guideline, if you are doing well and giving the correct answers, based on the relevance of your current career and the job you are applying for.

7. Work as a Freelancer

Freelancing is also another great way to make your unemployment period more productive. There are a lot of websites offering freelancing work, wherein you can earn as well as improve your current skills. You only have to find the perfect one for your needs which is based on what you can do while you wait for job interviews.

8. Be with your loved ones

Make it to a point to use your free time to be with your loved ones. Some of us often work with odd hours, like in a shifting schedule, which leaves us with less time to spend with our families.

In some cases, we are unable to go home for a long time. With the free time you currently have, you can go on trips with your family or just spend time with them doing normal activities that you cannot do before. Show them that you care and surely they will help and support you during this period.

9. Give Back to Society

While actively waiting for your job applications, you can use this time to be a volunteer. You may not be rewarded in a monetary sense, but you will feel useful and helpful to others. Unintentionally, it can help you boost your self-esteem too. You can learn a lot from other people, especially if it is a community service, as it will open your eyes to the less fortunate people and their livelihoods. You can discover opportunities to help them strive for their own lives and not lose hope to have a better future.

10. Go Explore Within

Remember when you wished you had more time to do something different than solely focusing on your day job? That something could be baking muffins, hiking a mountain, or taking a painting course. This could be the perfect time to explore that other part of you. Cause who knows? You might finally discover a hidden talent and start a business because of it.

11. Get in Touch with Yourself

Sometimes we can get so busy with life and work that we forget to take care of ourselves. When was the last time you had a spa session or had a haircut? Or a nice and peaceful coffee session while catching up with an old friend on a weekday afternoon? How about spending an entire day in a museum without any stress and time limit?

This could be the time to do some self-care and focus on yourself. You can even get a discount and enjoy your day with fewer crowds in shops, museums, and malls during weekdays!

12. Talk to Someone

You are maybe experiencing overflowing emotions during this unemployment period, either anxiously sending out millions of applications over Indeed.com or feeling depressed that none of those applications gets accepted.

Nevertheless, know that you are not alone. Hundreds, if not, thousands of people are jobless every day around the world. Pause for a while and take a breather. Talk with your closest friends or family and ask for advice. Sometimes we just need other people to listen to us and care for us. With perseverance and a little faith in yourself, you will get back to your feet very soon. If you need a bit of more professional advice or guidance, it will certainly help to talk to a therapist or a life coach to recover and find your way back.

Conclusion

When you become unemployed, don’t immediately think it is the end of the world. Sure, you are unemployed now, but you can easily jump back into action if you have a clear plan in mind. Also, remember to use your free time wisely and make ways to be productive. After all, everything will be dependent on your outlook in life. It is better to find ways to turn this situation into something positive, and maybe, you will find yourself back in employment in no time.

For more ways to motivate yourself during unemployment times, check out these articles:
Conversation with Patty Wolters on Unemployment During Pandemic Times
Feeling Ashamed of Being Unemployed
How to Negotiate a Severance Package

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24 replies on “12 Ways to Turn Unemployment into a Positive Situation

  1. These are very helpful points. It’s all in the perspective. We are wired to having an immediate reaction to sulk in and keep whiny instead, we can focus on many of the activities you’ve suggested.

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  3. Kally, for someone who looks like a teenager in your blog photo, your wisdom comes close to Solomon! 😉
    5. I also find TedTalks are often very inspiring. However, always remember some “ex-spirts” are just drips that dried up and know less about their subject than my grandsons.
    8. No matter how busy one gets, very few ever wish on their death-bed, “Well, I wish I had spent more time in my office.” What matters most to a person is their family and loved ones; ALWAYS make time for WHO matters most! All too soon we or they will be gone.
    9. A rich man is not one who has a lot of stuff. He is one who gives away lots of stuff!
    12. “No man is an island” is not just a nice poem. It is a fact of life that we were not created to be hermits, living alone. Join a small group; a “life group” at a church; meet with people with whom you do NOT share political , religious or social views. Expand your world with those to whom you talk!
    THANX for all your great posts!! 🙂

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    1. Absolutely agreeing with you that health is wealth. Actually volunteering does not mean you need to leave the house. You can ask nonprofits if they need someone to do their social media marketing or even write articles for their websites to help promote their fund raising.

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    1. That’s true. I’m enjoying freelancing that I don’t know if I want to go back to a normal job. Thank you so much, Paul. Have an amazing day today. Smile and stay sane.

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  4. When I lost my job due to outsourcing, I thought it was “the end of the world.” But it wasn’t. Of course, everyone said, “Something better I will come along.” I know how irritating that can be, but it’s a true statement. At least it was for me. Being unemployed allowed me time to raise some baby chicks which I had wanted to do for years, but work got in the way. Now I have a similar job to what I had before, and although the pay is about 2/3 less than before, I am now writing and illustrating my own books about my chickens! Sometimes the “something better” is not always fame and fortune and money in the bank. Sometimes it’s something that is simply rewarding in and of itself. Thanks for a great post, Kally!

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    1. Awesome sharing!! I think this is an inspiring story to those who are facing unemployment. If you have time, I’m happy for you to write / expand your journey in a blog post and featured you and your new book. Drop me an email at kally@MiddleMe.net and let’s spread the good word around. 😊

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      1. Thanks, Kally! I will do that. I should have some time over the holidays coming up to put some thoughts down that will hopefully inspire others who have become unemployed due to no fault of their own. It’s so important not to give up hope, and I’ve heard more than on person say, “Losing my job was the best thing that ever happened to me.” It’s hard to believe that when you’re facing it yourself, but it can be an opportunity rather than a calamity. Thanks again! John

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  5. I like that you include “be with your family” on this list. Improving job skills and taking action steps are great for keeping anxiety in check in an uncertain situation, as long as those preparations and actions don’t become their own anxious obsession. Balancing work and family is still important during unemployment!

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