Still Can’t Find a Job? Invest in Yourself!
During a recession, time can be your greatest asset. Money may not be readily available, but you can make the time to accomplish a few of those things you have been pushing off for years. There is now time for continuing education, changing a career, contributing to the community, and re-establishing connections with previous work acquaintances. These activities may not lead to a job immediately, but they can be the greatest investment you can make in your long term future.
Continuing Education – The pace of change in the business world grows more rapidly every day. Keeping up with the pace of change is a challenge, especially when you are focused on doing your job day in and day out. Unemployment creates an opportunity to catch up on changes & education that were missed during your last job.
Career Change – Periodically roles become out-dated or are replaced by newer roles within the corporate environment. This is the most impactful business change of all, and can happen to anyone. If your role has become obsolete, now may be an excellent time to re-educate yourself and pursue an entirely new career.
Contribute to the community – There is no better way to establish yourself as an expert in a given field, then contributing to the community that supports that field. This time of unemployment may allow you to teach, volunteer, or organize in your field to help others become better at their jobs. A bi-product of this help, is that you will be well known in the business community for what you excel at.
Networking – The greatest business asset most people can have is a strong network. During a recession most people are eager to expand their network and build/restore business relationships. While you are unemployed, there is no better time to network and build business relationships that can last throughout your career.
These actions may not lead to a new job tomorrow, but each one is an investment in your career and your future. Plus, each one of them may lead to a new, unexpected job interview.