Unemployed? Are you sending out mountains of resumes and getting no response? Does it feel like the walls are closing in?
We’ve all been there. In a time when the job market is more cutthroat than ever because nearly 10% of the country either unemployed or underemployed, it can be hard to keep a brave face when you’re not getting callbacks.
Lots of people have given up. You’re not going to be one of them.
I’ve got some good news, and some bad news. Bad news is…job hunting sucks. No one really likes doing it, and if you’ve been at it for a while, it can really mess with your self-esteem.
The good news is that your value is not based on your employment status. Whether you don’t have a job, are side hustling, or launched a small business that isn’t turning out like you’d hoped, you are a powerful and worthy human being.
I’ve got three tips to share with you that helped me overcome fear and inertia and make the most of my job search. Make a decision to implement them today and watch your mindset and energy level transform.
- Get up. Get out. Do something. When you’re not working, it’s easy to fall into lazy habits and forget what it’s like to be among the upwardly mobile. My Mom used to say that when you don’t have a job, looking for a job is your job. I agree. Now is the time to create a job search strategy, network with people in your industry, and volunteer your services. Better yet, start a freelance business and work it daily.
You must get up and get moving. EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. Weekends included. This isn’t a vacation; it’s war time. Inertia is not an option.
- Take care of yourself first. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that you invest in keeping yourself healthy and motivated. Eat the very best quality food you can afford. Daily exercise is non-negotiable.
Read something positive and motivational every day. Give yourself that half an hour. Consider it a payment into your success account; it’ll pay dividends for decades.When you get your next job or client interview, this self-care will shine through, and you’ll go in confident and empowered.
- Budget like a boss. Whether you’re living on savings, help from family or unemployment benefits, you need to cut the fat. One of the best things about being unemployed is that it gives you a chance to see where you’re wasting money. Take a sober look at your cash on hand and see what non-essentials you can eliminate.
You’re the CEO of a corporation in trouble; you must be merciless in order to save it. If it doesn’t make you money (AirBnB, anyone?) or save you money, 86* it.It may not seem like it, but this is one of the best times of your life. Being temporarily unemployed (or out of business) gives you an opportunity to look at where you are in your career. From here, you can create a plan of action that will catapult you to greater success in the long-term.
Bonus Tip: If there’s an offer on the table (as long as it’s legal and ethical), TAKE THE JOB. It may not be glamorous, but right now, you’re looking for revenue streams. Where you are today does not dictate what you’ll achieve tomorrow. Your mindset and activity level absolutely does.
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*86 is a military term for throwing out/getting rid of something. Ex. “The extended cable package was keeping me broke. I had to 86 it.”