Author: Mike Scaletti
It is not uncommon for people to be evasive when discussing the fact that they are unemployed when searching for a new job. This isn't surprising. The prevailing wisdom is that employers avoid currently jobless candidates because they are somehow defective. This approach is a huge mistake. The Great Recession hit in the mid-2000s and left millions out of work. Currently, we are suffering through the job losses caused by the pandemic. If they didn't already know this, most employers at this point realize that many unemployed people lose their jobs through no fault of their own. They will be far more interested in what valuable skills and talents you can bring to the table than in the fact that you aren't currently working.
If you are unemployed, the most important thing you can do to improve how hireable you are is to spend some of your time while unemployed improving your skills and enriching your talents. There are tons and tons of online classes and tools you can use for this.
I hesitate to call anything about the current pandemic a positive, but one of the good things to come from it is that schools and teachers have expanded their online offerings and reduced or eliminated many of the costs. That means it's easier than ever to take new classes or receive a new certification, and every one you take or attain will help you eventually grab a great position.
Employers need good people, now more than ever, and if you have taken the time for professional self-improvement during this period you will be more attractive to them. One way to go about this is to take a look at your target industry and role and identify the skills that would make you most desirable in that role. Once you have identified those skills create a systematic approach to acquiring or improving them. Put together a list of classes that fit your budget that you can take, along with the certifications that are either required or are well thought of. Then set aside at least an hour or two every day to pursue them. This systematic approach will help you stay on track and eventually accomplish your goals while still giving you time to job hunt.
Just be wary of burning out! Remember that it is JUST as important to spend time with your family and on yourself in ways that are relaxing and enjoyable. Jojo recommends spending time listening to good music, maybe that will work for you! This is a hard time, for everyone, and anything you can do to relieve stress is absolutely a form of self-enrichment.
You're valuable, you matter, and you being unemployed is not an indictment of you as a person or as an employee. Keep plugging away, and you will eventually land a role. Also, it's okay to ask for help, and when it comes to finding a job, one of the best ways to get help is to reach out to a Temp Agency. Like, say, The Job Shop. Good luck out there, we're pulling for you!