Last week it was announced that unemployment levels had fallen to their lowest since 2006 and while the statistics are definitely hiding a number of flaws, it’s obviously something to welcome. Yet despite the good news there are still thousands of people out of work, people who are desperately looking for a new opportunity and people who are constantly hitting brick walls.
I’ve been there, I’ve experienced unemployment first hand and let’s be frank about this – it’s not nice. The job centre can give you all the advice that they want but much of the advice they offer is common sense or downright outdated.
So having been unemployed and having learnt a few lessons the hard way, these are my top tips for looking for work.
Treat applying for jobs like a full time job //
It’s easy to get disheartened after being unemployed and after a while, depression begins to set in. A good way of avoiding this situation is to get yourself in to a working type routine and approach your day as if it was a day in the office. Try to develop a routine, incorporating the every day essentials and if possible create yourself a little workspace. The little things can really help keep you motivated and will pay off in the long run.
Build up your CV //
It was during a bout of unemployment that I first created OhKay-DohKay because I was looking for a creative and proactive way to handle my spare time. It was undoubtedly the best decision I ever made and has been a godsend to me ever since. I’m not saying that you should all go out there and set up a blog (but I kinda am because you sooo should) but why not find something that you can add to your CV. Obviously it would be ideal if it’s related to the future career you have your eye on but if not, anything is beneficial. Perhaps trying learning to code, start writing that book that you’ve always had in your mind or start making jewellery.
Call up your contacts //
We all know people who already have a good job and they know people who know people. I find that contacting these is a great starting point because they might be able to tell you about a job vacancy that you hadn’t noticed or any upcoming positions that might soon be advertised. You don’t have to be blatant about it, just mention that you are looking for work and should they know of anything you would appreciate them letting you know.
Use a number of sources //
The recruitment sector is huge and that means that there are a lot of places to look for jobs so try and utilise these sources by using a number of known outlets. If your career is specific then the chances are that there is a corresponding recruitment site. Do your research and experiment with the various options, see which you prefer and use those one’s every day.
Don’t give up //
It is so easy to lose faith when it comes to looking for work and I remember feeling hopeless. However there is light at the end of the tunnel and eventually something will come up. It might take longer than some people believe but nothing lasts forever.
What tips would you add?