4 Things you should be doing If you are unemployed


As companies are retrenching (downsizing or rightsizing as they call it these days), many people are finding themselves pounding the streets or checking classifieds sections of newspapers desperately looking for jobs. Recent figures released by Statistics SA indicate that the level of unemployment is escalating.

Unemployment affects the self-esteem even of strong willed people. Usually, one might not get a job as soon as he or she would expect. Therefore it is important to be optimistic in the face of adversity.

The following steps could help you to cope:

1. Volunteer

Volunteering can increase your chances of being hired if you’re strategic about it. By volunteering somewhere relevant, you’ll keep your skills fresh while enhancing your resume.

2. Keep Your Skills Current

If you lack a skill commonly required for jobs you’re seeking, spend time each day building that skill. Alternatively, if you already possess the necessary skills but haven’t been practicing, then do so.

3. Network

Networking has two sides: reconnecting with your old contacts and forming new ones. Get in touch with old colleagues, bosses, and business acquaintances. Ask them for coffee. See if they know of anything or anyone who could have a job opening.

Your data base of contacts is never enough. Hence, Constantly make new contacts. Go to as many networking events as possible. They provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests. Finally, follow up!

4. Freelance

Don’t be selective. It is money you are looking for after all. Hence, it’s time to change your mindset. Don’t underestimate the value of freelancing. It is a great way to boost your skills, resume, portfolio, professional network, income, and confidence.


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