It is easy to get down on yourself during periods of unemployment. Well, perk up! Challenge yourself to bloom during periods of unemployment by doing some things that will enhance your personal and professional life.
Here are a few ideas for the meantime, to get you recharged, productive, and in touch with yourself and your career.
Idea #1 – Learn something new for fun
What is the one thing you always wanted to learn because you know you will have fun and enjoy it? Line Dancing? Baking? Basket Weaving? Crocheting? Golfing? Well, go for it! Sign up for a course or log onto YouTube for some free training resources. Remember, it is all about fun, so make sure you have some!
Idea #2 – Stay in the loop
Increase your professional knowledge by remaining abreast of updates, news, and trends related to your profession and industry. There are several professional organizations that provide extensive resources for professionals – members and non-members. For example, accounting professionals have the American Accounting Association; pharmacists have American Pharmaceutical Association; and human resources professional have the Society for Human Resource Management, just to name a few.
Many professional organizations also have local chapters for networking, camaraderie, and accessibility. Locate your professional organization today and stay in the loop.
Idea #3 – Take a professional training course
Identify a new professional skill that will contribute to your professional growth and development. Today’s technology allows easy access to learning a myriad of things. Take advantage of online courses, virtual classrooms, traditional classroom learning, or a combination of options. Coursera, Inc. is a great online learning resource and most of the courses are absolutely free. You can also earn a verified certificate from major U.S. universities.
Remember to update your résumé with your newly earned certificates and skills. Your new skills will be extremely beneficial to your career and job search efforts, especially during a job interview when you are asked, “So, what have you been doing for the last 6 months?”
Idea #4 – Go back to school
Go back to school and finish that degree you started a few years ago. It can only improve your marketability. Also, consider assessing your skills and interests to determine if going back to school to pursue a new career path is an option for you.
Several states have career centers that offer free career resources and services. CareerOneStop is a great resource for completing self-assessments to discover new career avenues based on your skills and interests, exploring educational/training programs, and locating local career service centers. Reach out to a career counselor to help guide you along the way.
Idea #5 – Start a home-based business
We are all great at something. Do you know what that “something” is for you? If not, discover what you are great at and start a small business offering your greatness. There are many free small business resources that can help, including The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE. Use your resources, discover that “something” you are great at, start your business, and be happy! You may not have a lot of money, but if you are pursuing your passion, you will be happier – which is invaluable.
Whether you decide to pursue one or more of these ideas in the meantime, make the most of it, stay focused, and come out on top!