7 Ways To Make The Most Of Being Unemployed

Being unemployed is not fun. While the theory of having nothing to do all day seems ideal, the reality is far from it. Long days with nothing to do can be boring and more stressful than you can imagine.

A new survey released by the careers website CareerBuilder.com reveals that a vast majority of prospective employees are worried that their employers will turn them down for the large, unimpressive employment gaps on in their résumé. But contrary to the belief, the survey shows that this does not necessarily affect the employee’s status especially as the gaps are filled with activities and experience that illustrate that they are still developing their skills.

The reality remains that if you’ve been unemployed for a long time, you’re going to face a steeper uphill climb than those who are either currently employed or have recently become unemployed. But this may not pose any problem if you’ve been using up your time well. If done right, the gap can actually be a fruitful and productive time. Sure, not earning money can have its downsides but there are many more upsides which include making yourself better. Check out these 7 ways to make the most of being unemployed

1. Figure things out

This is the moment you figure out what you really want. Ask yourself what you see yourself doing for the remainder of your life. Use this time to mould yourself into someone qualified for that position.

Take a class or short course, if you can afford it. Find your talents and try to build on them. This may be the last chance you get to really reflect on what you want out of life.

2. Enjoy The Moment

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While you should work on building yourself, also enjoy the time you have by doing things you’ve always wanted to do. Once you get a job, you won’t be able to sleep in again, you won’t be able to go on random trips or visit the country or city you’ve always admired.

While you are looking for a job, also do the things you’ll regret never having done and visit the places you’ve always wanted to.

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3. Learn Something New

Learn a skill or trade, or just pick up something fun to do. You can attend a writer’s class or a dance class or you can learn to play the piano. The point is that whatever you want to do…you can do it. You can also learn something that can contribute to your next job like going for Microsoft Excel classes if you are not proficient in the use of this basic office application. This is the moment you build yourself up for the next phase in your life.

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4. Get In Shape While Being Unemployed

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If you’ve been employed before now then you know very well that balancing a job and fitness is incredibly difficult; not impossible, just difficult. Use this period to get that body you’ve always envied. It is a lot easier to maintain your figure when you’re working than actually working to achieve it when you have a job already. You can jog around your neighbourhood, join a gym or use some fitness phone applications to keep a regular workout schedule. Whichever one you chose, endeavour to be faithful to it, that way, you won’t find it difficult keeping to your schedule while working.

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5. Spend Time With Family And Friends

Visit cousins you haven’t seen in a while, reconnect with old friends, pay your grandparents a visit – chances are, when you get a job, you won’t have the time to spare. Make every moment with loved ones count. Life is too short to regrets moments that weren’t spent with loved ones.

6. Meet New People

There’s nothing more exciting than getting to meet new people, getting to know them and watching them transform into important people in your lives. Go out, have fun, interact with the people you come across.

This can be quite an interesting gateway to discovering who you really are as every new conversation can influence you and you get to see a side of yourself you never knew you had while hanging out with new people.

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7. Don’t Hold Yourself Back

Always remember, this time is limited. You’re not always going to see yourself always  being unemployed, you’re going to get your perfect job – all you have to do is put yourself out there. Be ready. No matter how dire the circumstances may seem, don’t hold yourself back. You are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to.

It is, however, very important to remember that no one can tell you what experience you can gain and what you can’t. Every experience you gain is important. You can control what you do with your time and you can make it useful.

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Eddy Valerii
Eddy Valerii
Eddy is known to look a challenge dead in the eye and wink at it. A storyteller, movie enthusiast, and TV nerd who can always be found on Netflix. she's always up to argue about comic book movies. Getting to write and edit for a living is definitely the dream and it is always exciting to be afforded the opportunity to learn new things every day.
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