Unemployment is tough. You spend most days combing through “Help Wanted” ads while watching Phineas and Ferb and drinking discount Millstone Coffee only to spend most of your day finding nothing, worrying about not having a job, and realizing that you are wasting your time watching children’s cartoons (however awesome they may be). Then you wake up the next day and do it again.
This laziness is somewhat beyond your control. You want to be working. You want to be working badly. Yet no one will hire you, and with nothing better to do, you are stuck drinking coffee and watching cartoons.
What You Could Be Doing
Applying for jobs is useful, but if all you do is apply for jobs, you are not doing many of the other activities you can do to be productive. You have a lot of free time. You can use that time to:
- Volunteer at organizations doing both related and unrelated work to your field.
- Attend interesting events or go back to school and expand your knowledge.
- Do some consulting and/or freelancing work and make some extra cash.
- Start your own business and see if you can get anywhere.
- Enjoy interactive activities completely unrelated to your or working.
Sitting at home, sipping a coffee and watching TV is obviously not productive. You know it, and we know it. Clearly there are other things you can be doing to pass the time. Yet you may ask yourself “How valuable are these other activities?” Are they really worth the amount of time you put into them?
The answer is a resounding yes.
Over the next few blog posts, we will look at why you should stay active throughout your unemployment, including how these activities can benefit you and how you can use them to increase your chances of finding a job.
Take Away Interview Tips
Stay active throughout your unemployment.