Productive Things to do while Unemployed

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When unemployed, your job search should be treated like a full-time job. It’s important to get into a routine that works for you, however, let your routine have some wiggle room. Some days you may have done all you can do from home, or some days you may just simply need to step away from the computer screen to avoid a mental breakdown. As long as what you are doing during “work hours” benefits your job search in some way, don’t feel guilty about switching it up. Here are some productive activities you can do while unemployed that will still benefit your search for employment.

Volunteer

Finding a new job can take months. When at a standstill during your job search, finding a volunteer opportunity is a smart decision. Volunteering will show hiring managers that you are eager to work and eager to help. Not only this, but you’ll learn new skills and meet new people. You never know what doors a volunteer opportunity will open for you. And if all else fails, you’ll benefit from a confidence boost. Helping the community may be just what you need to get out of your stressed-out job search funk.

Not sure where to look? You can find volunteer opportunities in Buffalo here.

Network

The more people you meet, the higher your chances are of finding a job. Attending networking events is one of the many great ways to discover new job opportunities, and it will get you out of the house. Walk into these events with goals and a positive attitude and be sure to follow up with your new contacts after. Find more networking tips here.

Networking doesn’t necessarily mean you need to meet someone new. Rekindle old professional relationships and plan a coffee date. When is the last time you called your KRG recruiter to check in? Step away from the computer for a bit and talk to people! Not every job opportunity is posted online.

Check here to find networking events in Buffalo.

Learn

While waiting to hear back about your pending applications, take advantage of the free time you have to better your career. Take a class, read a book, or listen to a speaker from your industry to expand your knowledge on a topic or gain a new skill. You can tell hiring managers how you’ve been using your time off to improve your skill set, and you can add these fresh skills to your resume.

Hit Up the Gym

When unemployed, people tend to get so caught up in their search that they don’t make time to take care of their health. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins, which trigger a positive boost in mood. Exercise reduces stress, fights off anxiety and depression, and raises self-esteem. If you schedule exercise into your daily routine, your job search and well-being will benefit. You will come back from your workout refreshed, focused, with a more positive outlook on your search.

Finding a new job takes time, and unfortunately, you are going to spend a lot of time waiting for responses and answers. Instead of sitting alone in a nervous panic, it’s important to do something productive and meaningful in the interim. Stay busy and stay positive!

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