(Closed) Unemployed as of 8/1 … advice?

posted 11 years ago in Career
Post # 18
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Humarock — I hope it helps! Feel free to PM if you ever need to vent. Also, when I left grad school the career center had a workshop about networking with people you don’t know. There were alum who said they actually had success sending an email to their dream company reading along the lines of "Hi My name is Humarock. I’ve been researching your company and would love the chance to set up a few minutes to pick your brain a bit. I recently completed a management program and I am now in the ranks of job hunting. If you have any suggestions on getting involved in your industry, it would be greatly appreciated. I’d be happy to send along my resume so you can get a better idea of my experience."

Basically see if you can make contact to learn how they got involved, what organizations are available to get involved in the industry, etc. The number one point is to not ask for a job or see if their hiring, just look like you are genuinely interested in learning what that single person does. It can start networking bonds so quickly!

Post # 19
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I was unemployed for three months last year, and I can honestly say, I wish I had taken advantage of it while I could! I mostly worried about finding another job and spent most of my time online looking frantically and sending resumes and meeting with recruiters (such a waste of time). During my last two weeks, I gave up (kind of) and set a schedule of only job hunting for three hours in the morning from 9-12, and then I allowed myself to do whatever I wanted because I knew the opportunity wouldn’t present itself for a while. I started running again, took my dog to the park a lot, got really into cooking and baking, etc. Honestly, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is 🙂 After two weeks, I got a job offer, and as happy as I was about it, I definitely wished I started the new routine earlier.

I know that not working sounds unfulfilling, but really, take advantage of the time you have off and really just enjoy life. Go to the museums, parks and cafes you’ve always wanted to go to. I think it’ll come easier to you than you think (and I’m usually the workaholic type).

Post # 20
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m unemployed right now, I’ll be honest I hate it, but I’m in school at the same time which helps me to fill my days. I spend a lot of time reading, wedding planning, and working on my DIY projects. In fact I’m trying to get a lot of my projects done ahead of time because I start student teaching in the fall and won’t have a lot of time. I also allotted a lot of time for fitness and eating healthier. I actually haven’t minded being unemployed up until about a month ago when I started getting bored during the day. Six months of unemployment makes me a little crazy. It’s for the best right now, school needs to be the center of my focus until graduation in December.

Just fill your time, volunteer some place where you could cut back to one day if needed or only every other week. Work on your wedding, fill your time however you can. Good luck to you!

Post # 21
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

After I finished my PhD, I took a few months before starting my new job.  It was a little different than your situation b/c i knew when it wuold end…but I was also a little unsure about what I would do during that time.  Well, it ended up filling fast.  I spent a couple weeks visiting family.  I started going to a trainer.  I did *tons* of stuff around the house.  I just kind of got my bearings after having had things be so hectic.  And for you, the wedding planning is really going to be cranking up soon…so you’ll probably surprise yourself with how busy you’ll end up being!  

for me it was a *huge* change of pace, and in the end I kind of got to enjoying (though I’m sure it would have been harder if I didn’t have a pretty firm date for it to end).

One thing I’ve heard that is really important in your situation is to allocate a fixed amount of time each day for the "job search".  Otherwise it’s easy to put things off.  You can use it however you want, researching new types of positions, updating your resume, finding and following job leads…but it sort of keeps you in the "this is just temporary" mindset which I think is really important for keeping your spirits up.  But then don’t go over that time allotment too much each day either.  Give yourself time to enjoy your circumstance and free time. 

Also, for volunteering, see if you can find things to do taht aren’t long term commitment.   A lot of non-profits have office tasks, like stuffing envelopes, that just blow-up when they are sponsoring fund raisers.  There may be ways you can be involved on an as-needed basis.

Post # 22
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

sminerva21 — that is great advice and something i left out but have been doing also!

Post # 23
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hugs to you Humarock.  I was unemployed for a short while a few years back when the practice I was a part of split up.  NOwhere to work.  They were in limbo after that and I was out of my job.

What I did was make FINDING my job MY NEW job for a while!  I worked every day several hours and got up in the am, made my usual (business as usual) cup of coffee I enjoy every day, and worked on my CV and sent out resumes and updated my job profile on profession websites nonstop.  I’d do that about 3-4 hrs a day.

Then I cleaned the house alot and did things with my son.

I found a new job in less than one month and was back working again in a mere five weeks.  Been at new job since.

I think keeping good work habits, keeping some sort of usual routine, and also networking virtually via computer and also in real life (for me it was going to lectures and handing out my card) worked like a charm.  Also remaining positive is important!

Post # 24
5495 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m sorry you haveto deal with this. I agree with all the advice you are getting! Places like Sears are usually always taking applications for part time if you need a little something!

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