The pandemic had a significant impact on our work lives. Burnout, remote work, and difficult circumstances prompted some people to want to make a change. Others lost their employment right in the middle of the crisis and have yet to recover.
It might be difficult to keep yourself motivated through this period of unemployment. Approximately 7.35 million people have lost their jobs in April 2021 alone, so just know that you're not alone. Looking for a new job can prove to be a herculean task and can end up being extremely taxing on your physical and mental health. We've curated a list of things you should do in order to keep yourself sane and motivated through these tough times.
1. Seek assistance
Discover a mentor, career coach, or recruiter. These individuals are professionals who can assist you in regaining and maintaining your motivation, as well as assisting you in finding a wonderful career. Some would expect you to pay them for their assistance, but that isn't always the best way to spend your money when you aren't making any.
2. Stick to a routine
Having a daily routine is one of the best methods to stay motivated and focused during a long term of unemployment or any other time for that matter.
By deciding what you want to achieve and creating a routine to help you get there, you may avoid the difficult position of waking up each day wondering what to do with yourself. This way, rather than obsessing over the fact that you don't have a job, you'll be able to occupy your time with constructive tasks.
3. Set goals that aren't just about finding work
Take up that project you've been putting off (clean out the garage, paint the house, or organize the office.) Anything to make it appear as if you aren't squandering time or job hunting. Accept it! Just make sure to plan ahead of time and keep to it so you don't lose track of time.
4. Treat your job hunt as though it were a regular day at the office.
Set a schedule for yourself and stick to it. No more sleeping in till noon — get up early, shower, and prepare yourself for a day of job hunting. Stop the binging on junk and lazing around all day. When you make an effort, you'll truly feel productive and ready to take on the day.
5. Give back
Lending a helping hand is a terrific approach to boost your mood. Furthermore, having a regular volunteer commitment to add to your resume will assist fill the dreaded work gap if your unemployment lasts longer than a month. A volunteer supervisor can also serve as a useful reference and may even lead to a job opportunity. Look for a local homeless shelter/food pantry, animal shelter, or anything else that aligns with a passion or your career goals; if it satisfies both, you've struck gold!
6. Lear new skills
Being unemployed does not imply that you are unemployable; in fact, if you use your time well, you may find that you are more employable.
If you have any abilities that could help you or your career in any manner. This is an excellent opportunity to learn something new. It could be anything, from mastering excel to learning video editing.
7. Use your talents
Are you a natural artist? Take some time to draw. Are you a fan of amateur theatre? Become a member of a local theatre troupe. Do you enjoy writing? Create a blog. When you're unemployed, it's easy to feel undervalued, so remind yourself of your strengths. Employers are interested in your hobbies as well, and they can instantly liven up any drab CV while also giving you something to chat about in an interview.
Remember how you claimed if you had more time, you'd join a gym and eat healthier? Guess what, now you know. Exercise, meditate, or enroll in an online class; we frequently don't make time for these things while we're stressed about a job, so start now to establish strong, healthy habits that will last once you're hired. Walking is a fantastic place to start if you're not quite ready for that 10K run or HIIT session.
9. Look for a Support System.
With so many individuals out of work due to the COVID 19 pandemic, it's easy to meet others who are in the same boat as you. Make it a point to connect with other job seekers, whether it's somebody you know or a group that meets on a regular basis. It'll be easier to keep each other motivated and update each other on job postings and networking opportunities.
10. Consider doing freelance or contract work.
You could look for freelancing or gig employment online to boost your income. Start your job hunt on sites like naukri.com or LinkedIn. It's never bad idea to add freelance work to your resume, you'll just end up getting more exposure and have something to do as well!
11. Take Care of Yourself
Finally, keep in mind that you are in a difficult situation. Exercise, eat well, get enough rest, and keep telling yourself that the fantastic job you deserve will come your way. Finally, and maybe most significantly, take a rest. Allow yourself the same amount of time off on weekends as you would during the week. Set the resume aside and take a breather. Also, don't be too hard on yourself if you had an interview but were not offered the job. Consider it a warm-up for future interviews.