“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
Norman Vincent Peale
According to the US Labour Department, there are 14 million unemployed people in the US as on 7th October,2011. Chances are that you could be one of them.
What do you do when you are jobless? Of course, search for a job.
You are searching for a job and getting shortlisted for a few jobs—for some jobs you are getting interviewed too.
But, unfortunately, you can’t make it to the final stage and see the magical words—offer letter.
It’s frustrating and weakening. I know how it feels—I was out of work twice in my career. I was down and became weak as this unemployment took its toll on my health.
I hardly talked to people, started staying alone, and was out of social network (friends and relatives) for a few months.
I drafted an effective cover letter and a resume and applied to some companies. I sent my resume to these companies and waited eagerly for the calls. I got calls from a few companies, got interviewed, but, finally nothing happened.
I was clueless—what went wrong.
The process of searching for jobs, applying with my resume and waiting endlessly for calls was tiring.
I started losing hope.
You start losing confidence in yourself when you see your friends have jobs and you are jobless. You start taking doubt on your caliber. You ask yourself—“Why I am not getting a job when everyone else around me is working and enjoying life”.
Luckily,one of my friends—who worked in HR—became my guide and philosopher. I explained my situation to him and he listened every word carefully. Once he understood my story, he suggested a few ideas.
I am giving those ideas here for you.
Note: I think, everyone, who is jobless, needs these ideas.
1. Believe in yourself
Firstly,believe in your capabilities and skill sets. Believe that you need only one job and there are plenty of jobs available for your skill sets.
Think this way—if you don’t believe in yourself, who will?
2. Be hopeful
What do you need when you are out of job? Of course you need a job.
But, more than that, you need hope.
How do you find hope?
Look around, be grateful for what you have—your family, kids, friends and relatives. It’s just a matter of time.
Say this to yourself, loudly,every morning, “Good morning—It’s a good morning because I make it a good morning.” I get immense energy by this exercise, every morning.
3.Use different ways of job hunting
It is a good idea to use different ways of job hunting. Have you called career consultants, placement consultants? No? You can call them and ask about the industry demands in the market.
If you have used the first way,then, you can upload your resume on job sites.
Third way is, to read newspapers and check the weekly job opportunities supplement.
There are other effective ways of job hunting—networking, job clubs, social media etc. Use at least two or more ways.
4. Apply for different jobs
See which transferable skills you have and look at the job profiles, and then accordingly make a switch.
I myself have done this. I was into financial analysis and I made a successful shift to business analysis profile.
5. Apply to different companies
You can apply to a big company, if your last job was in a medium sized company. And, of course, if you were laid off from a big company and a small sized company is offering you a job, go get it.
6. Be open to different places
Yes, you should be open to different places. I know, there are some issues. But, think of this as an opportunity to move out of your comfort zone.
Success begins at the end of your comfort zone.
You want to know the key to happiness when you are jobless?
You should always have more than two alternatives whenever you are hunting for a job.
Now, you must be curious to know what worked for me when I was jobless. Honestly, I used all these ideas and got a job in two months. I am equally hopeful for you. So, read these ideas once again and use them.
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