In the past, I have lived through periods of end-of-year and New Year’s unemployment. During that stage of unemployment, I was filled with unnecessary anxiety and fear. Trying to achieve all of my goals simultaneously was overwhelming, and as a result I approached everything incorrectly! If I knew then what I know now, my New Year resolutions would have been much more strategic. Let me explain.
Consider these New Year suggestions, and feel free to comment!
✔ Conduct a review of all finances, including disposable income, to determine where you are currently. You may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance. If so, apply online immediately! There may also be auto insurance discounts available for extended unemployment periods.
✔ Consider part-time or contractual work, which can help with keeping job skills sharp while searching for your “dream job.” Though it may not cover large bills, it may assist with smaller ones.
✔ Don’t waste precious time comparing yourself to others. Concentrate on your own employment resolutions by creating designated timeframes for searching, reviewing job listings, completing applications and forwarding resumes.
✔ Surround yourself with positive people who lift you up and encourage your efforts. Tell everyone you know what position(s) you seek, and share copies of your resume at every opportunity. Remember, networking is still the best way to find work!
✔ Research companies you’re interested in, and “know” how to describe your own skills!
✔ Keep your WorkinTexas.com application current! The time to update it is now, before you need it, not minutes before applying for positions.
✔ Create an application template. Digital versions (for quick copy/paste capabilities) will save valuable time when applying online. Consider utilizing The State of Texas application. Admittedly it is detailed, but once completed, the average corporate application will seem like a breeze. If you use no other suggestions from me, make sure to use this one!
✔ Resumes, Cover Letters, Thank You Notes and other Job Search Training topics are readily available to you at no cost through Workforce Solutions. There is no shame in getting professional assistance to sharpen job search skills.
✔ Make sure that you’re “dressing the part” during each face-to-face employer meeting. Become familiar with various interviewing styles including both phone and virtual.
✔ Check email, text and phone messages throughout the day for responses and inquiries from potential employers. Like it or not you are officially in business for yourself, so always respond quickly and professionally.
✔ Maintain some type of physical activity throughout your transition, to chase away holiday blues, reduce stress and keep a sparkling personality.
✔ Believe it or not, it’s impossible to “look” for work all the time; Make sure you also maintain a regular “work” schedule, keep a positive attitude and healthy diet, and get lots of rest.
Here’s to revisiting resolutions and to achieving positive outcomes. Happy New Year! Cheers!
Frieda Carmouche is a member of the Regional Navigator team specializing in training, educating and assisting employers, and career center staff throughout the Gulf Coast with community resources, outreach events and technical support in assisting job seekers with disabilities. A native Houstonian with a love of training and development, Frieda has been employed by Workforce Solutions for over 16 years.