As I was researching some new topics to blog about I came across an article on yahoo that is titled Breaking Out of Long-Term Unemployment. Larry Buhl, the author, offers the following six tips that I happen to agree with.
1. Check Your Mental Attitudes: For those of us who have or have not gone on interviews as a result of our never-ending job search know how frustrating it is and with every interview you wonder…will this time be different? If not…why? It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to every once in a while have a bad day, everyone does, even those who are employed, but do try to look on the brighter side of life. Let those happy thoughts roam free, maybe they’ll lead you to a new way of thinking about your job search.
2. Move Your Body: You all know I am a huge lover of all things outdoors and I am 100% in agreement with this suggestion. Get out there and move around, if for no other reason than to get some fresh air and clear your mind!
3. Step Away from the Computer: I’ll admit, this one is a little hard for me. I mean look at me, it’s Sunday and I’m blogging! But this isn’t the only way to network, get out and actually meet some new people face to face. Explore a new hobby, maybe it will lead you to a new idea about where you’d like to work.
4. Re-Examine Employment Strategies and Tactics: Are your job search tactics effective? Perhaps while you are out getting some air you will be able to come up with a new strategy. It’s spring…do some spring cleaning, in your job search.
5. Fill the resume gap: Your resume should not just be a reflection of jobs you’ve been paid to do. Keep yourself fresh with new personal accomplishments. Take an online class or perfect a hobby that will help stretch your skill set.
6. Don’t be defensive about unemployment: You’re not the only who is unemployed but that also should not define you. Tip 6 goes along with tip 5. Teach yourself new skills and show that you are proactive and not just sitting back and waiting for the next opportunity to fall into your lap.
Go out and enjoy this Sunday and always think about answering that looming question: what did you do today?