5 Things You Should Be Doing While Unemployed

unemployment tipsBy Mona Abdel-Halim

For all of you job seekers, you know that there are plenty of things that you must do in order to snag a job. You might be jobless, but that doesn't mean you have to be bored. If you think that all you have to do is keep an updated resume and search online for a couple of hours a day, you might want to think again. If finding a job is really important to you, listed below are five things you can do to help:

1. Keep Busy, But Stay Focused

If you are unemployed, searching for a full-time job should be your full-time job. When you are not spending time perfecting your resume and applying for jobs, you should be participating in activities that will enhance your resume. This jobless time can be well spent taking extra classes or just generally boosting your job skills. When it comes time to explain employment gaps to a prospective employer, you want to have a good answer.

2. Don't Neglect Your Social Media Accounts

Just because you don't have a job doesn't mean you can't keep up on your industry news. You never know when employers are going to take a look at your accounts, so keep up an active online presence. Post links to the latest news or make an effort to join and participate in online industry groups. You may not have a job in the field, but you can show that you are still very much in the know.

3. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

If you aren't open to job possibilities outside of your community, it's likely that you will have a harder time finding success. Limiting your search to a small area will produce fewer results. Expand your search - and you might just find the perfect job. Taking a job outside of your comfort bubble will be hard in the short-term, but making this choice can make for greater long-term career success.

4. Attend Offline Networking Events

To gain contacts and establish relationships with other professionals in your desired field, you should be exploring local opportunities. Do a little online research to find local professional groups specific to your industry. If you join one of these niche groups, your new contacts should be able to direct you to valuable job fairs and conferences in your town. For those of you that don't have access to a local professional group, look up an event calendar for the nearest college or university. Many schools hold open lectures and networking events that attract all kinds of professionals available for advice.

5. Stay Positive

You must not lose hope. You will experience a lot of competition in the job market, but success will come with hard work and a lot of determination.

For those unemployed, what are some other things that you do to positively use your time?

Mona Abdel-Halim is the co-founder of Resunate.com, the world's only search engine optimizing resume builder. You can find Mona and Resunate on Facebook and Twitter.

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Golden Saber

I feel sorry for people with $50 or more thousand dollars in student loan debt. Because unless you KNOW someone, there ain't no jobs out their to pay it off. This recession is global and NOT ending before 2020. PERIOD.

August 02 2012 at 2:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

a good time to stay busy! clean the garage, closets, attic. etc. get your life in order. somehow it shows up in interviews in terms of positive outlook.

December 19 2011 at 8:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

they need a line of how to books..how to rob a bank...how to rob a grocery store how to rob wall street..lol i'm sure we could find good references

December 19 2011 at 5:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I articles like this. The unemployed mostly know what they need to do while unemployed. These articles so stupid.

December 19 2011 at 5:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

"Get Out of Your Comfort Zone"? With the housing market messed up so badly it's almost impossible to trade homes and move, and the price of gas makes long commutes very expensive. Getting out of your comfort zone just isn't an option for many people.

December 19 2011 at 4:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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December 18 2011 at 10:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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If you apply for one of these jobs, take a deep breath. It takes a very long time to apply for one of them. A very long time.

December 18 2011 at 11:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

They left out the most important thing that you should do while out of work." {Research} Find out as much dirt as you can about the owners of that winning company where you want to work." Find out {information} about them and their customer base." Look into the companies past credit history and check out a few of their employees as well." What you find may very well shock you, but do your homework." I know for a fact many buisness owners took out very large loans thinking they were just too big to ever fail." Now however all they can afford is cheap labor." Better that you know these facts before you get suckered into working for someone that will never pay a living wage, is'nt it."

December 18 2011 at 8:23 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Most people that have degrees and think that's all it takes to get a job, are not schooled in how to write a decent resume. They have no concept of how to play themselves well in an interview. Most of them don't write an immediate thank you to the interviewer(s) which can make all the difference. If there are 20 applicants and your resume and cover letter sux, they will go into the circuler file in a flash.

A saw a comment from a fellow that had a political science degree, and couldn't find a job after three years. He said he wanted to stay where he lived..problem 1. You'd think that after a year he might have taken some courses at a tech school to widen his skills and help him to get get ahead of the next guy. Business, marketing, IT or more computer skills, math, foreign language, ethics, leadership development, team building, communicating effectively, economics...these are all BASIC skills that you can find at a tech school, and you need them! I looked at what a four year poli sci degree consists of. It's a bit of a laugher. He could have worked on a masters degree and probably finished in three years time. He could have volunteered for anything his community needed. Volunteer work is great on a resume. If he has an 'attitude', he will never be hired.

December 18 2011 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to risavjl's comment

It's kind of hard to get training when you are unemployed. Most of the time, it ain't free. I've been unemployed for exactly two years now. I have taken free classes on writing my resume, so I don't think that's the problem. I have done volunteer work, I have done some freelance work, but that doesn't seem to be happening either. I would love to go back to school, but I don't have the money. So please don't criticize this person because of that. We are in a different world right now and most advice doesn't really work.

December 18 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

"You'd think after a year he might have taken some courses at a tech school to widen his skills and help him get ahead of the next."

You're really not in tune to what is happening in this economy, are you? If this man is unemployed, just where is he gong to get the money to go back to school -- and whatever you do, don't suggest that he obtains a student loan. Why should he go into debt (most likely, more) as many have, to get additional training as you refer to it, and still may not get hired? You, along with the author of this drivel of an article, is rehashing the same-old nonsense. We are dealing with a different beast where this economy is concerned, and the only thing that is going to turn it around are well-paying jobs and business ownership which, hopefully, will create a THRIVING economy. And as for the "attitude" bit, don't judge lest you be judged. To bottom line it for you -- you are woefully ill-equipped to be commenting on this topic. And, I do apologize for jumping down your throat, but this is said all too often, and frankly, it needs to stop. Ms. Halim and those like her are recycling the same worn out information.

December 18 2011 at 11:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to cococrm1256's comment

I meant 'going' in the second sentence after the quote. That's what happens when you're typing too fast.

December 18 2011 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

what i really mean is ,if i'm laid off or fired ,i would cut off my internet account.

December 18 2011 at 6:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

how the hell are you going keep your online status if your unemployed? they have to get payed to.

December 18 2011 at 6:22 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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