Being unemployed is a job in itself. A lot of people say that being unemployed is an easy life but believe me, it’s not. You have to constantly improve your CV, volunteer, attend interviews, write cover letter and spend hours a day applying for jobs. It’s exhausting sometimes.
What I’ve Learnt
1. Getting a job takes time. Employers are busy. They are spending time reading applications, cover letters and arranging interviews and meetings. On top of that, they have to actually interview you.
2. Keeping a record of everything you applied for is important. If you apply for a lot of jobs a day, it can be hard to remember everything. This makes it difficult when you get that all important phone call inviting you for an interview and you don’t actually remember applying for the job. Keeping a record of the job title, employer, and date can be a great way to keep you organised.
3. Interviews are scary. The fear and nerves start days before when you have to go over and over and over all the possible questions they may ask you. You also need to plan what to wear and how to get there. When you’re sitting in front of your interview(ers), it can be so nerve-racking. Your future depends on on how well you do and it can all get a little overwhelming.
4. Job rejections aren’t personal. Employers probably receive hundreds of applications and they interview a lot. You may think that you’re perfectly suited for a job but for some reason you didn’t get it. It can be easy to slip into thinking that you didn’t get the job because they didn’t like you but this isn’t the case. A lot of the time, it’s simply because someone else was just a little bit more suitable.
5. Social media is important. There’s no longer a difference between your professional and personal life. Social media can be used in a lot of ways to do with employment. First of all, it’s a great way to find jobs in your local area. There’s account that are purposely made to inform people of jobs in the local area. You can also look up employers directly. Employers can also look at your social media accounts to see what type of a person you are. So my advice is never post something that you wouldn’t want an employer to see.
6. Volunteering can help. Gaps in your CV never look good unless you can justify them. If you want to show an employer that you aren’t doing nothing or you want to gain experience then volunteering is great.
Job searching is miserable and can definitely dampen your spirits and in some cases, it can even make you feel useless. Not being employed isn’t about you and it isn’t something to be ashamed of.