The Daily Life of an Unemployed American Professional
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Being unemployed can certainly put us in a rut. Staying home and scanning the internet for jobs can become the daily routine. Though it is the modern day way of communicating with potential employers, it can be isolating and somewhat depressing.
Keeping in mind that there is a world out there, make sure you take time to go explore it a bit while you're not working. Go to the park, walk the dog, hang out at the coffee shop or go window shopping at the mall. Art galleries, museums and plant nurseries are waiting for you. It will cheer you up, give you something else to focus on for a while, giving your mind a break. And you might run into someone you know, or better yet, meet someone new. Why is this important? The more people you come in contact with every day, the more opportunities you have to network. Strike up conversations. While you're visiting, be sure to tell people you're looking for work. You will be surprised at who might have a lead for you; a potential opportunity to become gainfully employed once again.
Everyone out there knows someone who isn't working right now. And everyone out there knows someone who is. So find out where people ARE working and do a little research into these companies to see if you might fit in. Better yet, see if these companies fit YOU.
Though times are challenging, we need to be creative. The more ways you find to meet new people, the better your chances of hearing about the jobs that may not be advertised. So get out there, go have fun and market yourself all day long!
WELCOME TO MY WORLD....WELCOME TO THE STATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT
It is a great honor to me that you have ceased your job search long enough to review what I am doing with my time during my unemployment. Hopefully, I can share with you some ideas to keep you from going stir crazy or at the very least, from feeling all alone out there in your search for a job.
I plan to document my daily life and see what value I can contribute to myself or someone else out there, who is in the same position as I. We're in this together, you and I, and we might as well make the best of it! Good luck to us!