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I am unemployed – How to get working again?

Liezl Hesketh in Life skills 

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No one is immune to tough times and being unemployed is one of them. Even if you have a job, you never know what the future holds and you may find yourself unemployed at some point or another. This can be a very frustrating and stressful time, not to mention a big blow to your confidence and finances. It is very important not to lose your morale and slip into depression, no matter how hard each passing day may be.

The biggest benefit to being unemployed is having time to spend. When you relax a little and go with the flow, you will soon realise all the things you can do with a little extra time like rethinking what you want to do with your life and where you want to be in 5 years time; setting goals for yourself to achieve on a daily basis; reading an inspirational book; focussing on what you are good at and love doing, etc.  However, don’t wait too long before getting back into the marketplace, even if it does mean that you’re not doing your dream job yet.

Here are a few tips on how to join or get back into the game


Finding your first job made easy

If you’ve just left school or finished studying and you’re looking for employment, you’re likely to face the conundrum about ‘experience’. Employers don’t want to spend time training newbies on the basics of work life and they expect new employees to hit the ground running so to speak. So, how do you get experience if you can’t get a job? One solution to this problem is to volunteer or join an internship programme. It will show that you are motivated and a proactive self-starter who is eager to learn. It will also introduce you to others in the marketplace and expand your network, which in turn provides you with opportunities to speak to people who can offer you a job opportunity or know of someone who is searching for new talent.

 See also: Tips for using social media for networking

Whether you join a volunteer programme or go for an interview for a new job, an up to date CV is a must. A great CV is concise, informative and shows a little bit about your personality. Your CV is the only thing that sets you apart from other hopefuls and the best CVs are accompanied by personal and sincere cover letters that contain enough of the right information to be a hook that secures you an interview. During the interview, you can expand on how your knowledge, skills and personality traits can benefit the organisation.

See also: CV: step-by-step-guide

Returning to the job market

Our careers form an integral part of our identity and when it is suddenly taken away, it undoubtedly affects our outlook on ourselves and life. If you’ve been recently retrenched, view the situation as an opportunity to find new roads and step up to something better than where you were, instead of dwelling on the past that you cannot change anyway.

Perhaps you’ve always worked in IT but had a strong desire to teach, or own your own business, or become an architect. Use this chance to explore new opportunities in a different field and reinvent yourself. It may be challenging or require you to acquire new skills and knowledge, but the ultimate result is bound to be satisfying.

See also: CV Guidelines and basics

As previously mentioned, it is best to get back to work as soon as possible. The longer you stay unemployed, the bigger the chance of depression and self-defeat setting in. Employers are uncomfortable with CVs that have a defeatist or self-pitying undertone and it may be worth getting professional help to draft yours. An independent person can focus on your skills and strengths and objectively state the facts about your retrenchment experience.

See also: Where to stay when you don’t have a steady income

Regardless of which of these two categories you fall into, you have unique and valuable contributions to make in the workplace. Focus on those, be proactive, dream big and you will find your way once again.

Earning money when unemployed

Let’s be honest, this is the biggest problem when unemployed: money! But did you know that you could rent out a room in your house and, depending on where you live, you can earn enough to cover the grocery bills, electricity & water for a whole family!  Makes you think doesn’t it?  You can list your room on TheRoomLink, and get someone in this week. Get started here.

If you’re struggling to make ends meet and don’t have a house, but need a room to share or more affordable accommodation, TheRoomLink has an extensive range of different accommodation types in all major cities nationwide.