Unemployed? Nope! You still have a job!

Kristin ColeI Don’t Have Enough Time
Most job seekers don’t realize that they have the same amount of time that they had before. They work an 8-hour work day, sometimes 9 or 10, and are still required to run a household! Laundry, washing dishes, grocery shopping, cooking, household chores, dropping off and picking up kids from school, exercising and sitting in traffic (my favorite). Some people even find time to watch their favorite TV shows. How is that possible when life is hectic and our jobs take up so much of our day?

After becoming unemployed priorities become eschewed. All of the non-related work habits become a priority, and start to fill up the 8 – 5 work hours. Most job seekers fall prey to the lack of work duties. They think they can sleep later, go to the gym later, take the kids to school, pick them up, cook meals, and go grocery shopping in the middle of the day. Or worse, watch TV all day! I’m sure Judge Judy needs the audience, but she can’t help them find a job. Unfortunately, this type of thinking can cause a person to take longer to find a job than someone who is focused on their job search.

So how does a job seeker overcome this lack of job duties?

Develop A Plan.

A plan to get back to work quickly is important. Unemployed job seekers have to realize that looking for a job is a FULL TIME JOB! Those free 35-40 hours of their week needs to be consumed with activities that will prepare them for work. All NON-work related house hold tasks need to go back where they belong, on the weekends and before and after work hours.

Dress Professionally, You’re Not on Vacation! You’re on a Job Hunt.

Dressing professionally tells others that you are serious about your job search! Dressing like you just got out of bed or left the gym, does not convey to anyone that you are looking for employment. Instead, you look like you are on vacation. You may not need to dress in a suit and tie or a dress suit, but business casual is acceptable. For women, fix your hair and put makeup on.

Determine Your Career Path.

Ask yourself, “What am I passionate about?” If I could have my dream job, what would that look like? What work can I do, that I love and still pays my bills?” If you are changing careers and need a little help deciding on what to do next, check out our out Career Exploration page on Wrksolutions.com.

Research Labor Market Information.

Don’t yawn at me! Labor Market Information (LMI) may seem boring, but it’s an important part of making a choice about your future. In high school, my passion was to be a magazine editor in Colorado! As you know, newspapers and magazines no longer have the value they once had. Today, if you want to read something you go ONLINE! When I was still searching later in life, becoming a travel agent became my new dream. I wanted to travel and write for Frommer’s Travel Guide! I just knew people would love to read about my experiences and see my photography! Unfortunately, when I was making that life changing decision, the internet was booming and people began to plan their own vacations online and order their own plane tickets! The LMI showed me that my dreams of becoming a travel agent were no longer profitable. So LMI can be used as a tool to help you wisely choose a profitable future. For more information, please visit the Career One Stop.

Build a Network and Nail down that 30-Second Commercial.

In other words, get out there and talk to people! Regardless of what you see, the HIDDEN JOB MARKET IS ALIVE AND WELL. The number #1 way to get a job today is to be referred. Networking includes attending professional events, talking to friends and family, volunteering with local charities and sharpening job search skills by attending job search classes. If you want to be knowledgeable of jobs that are available and companies that are hiring, get a professional profile on LinkedIn and make it your new best friend! It has up to date information on your targeted companies and many employees working there! You might be surprised to see that someone you know is your first connection! You can find more information at Monster.com.

Final Thoughts.

First of all, get out of the house and, stay away from those chores! Head over to the library or your local Workforce Solutions office. Our SERVICES ARE FREE and we have resources that are helpful! You can file for Unemployment, look for work by registering in Work-In-Texas, attend job search skills classes and have your resume reviewed and corrected. You can also learn how to tailor your resume to an employer’s wants and needs. Read our blog on “Cloudy with a Chance of Employment.”

Your job search doesn’t have to be all that stressful. Develop a plan, research labor market information, and build your network! Before you know it you will be selling yourself and your skills to people who need you to work for them! Happy hunting!

Kristin Cole is a member of the Regional Facilitator team and specializes in training the workforce in finding a job, keeping a job, and getting a better job. She has a passion for helping people successfully get from one stage in their life to another. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. She has 12 years’ experience as a trainer, teaching Special Education, Job Seekers and Foster Parents. After leaving her career in teaching, she utilized the Workforce Services to get a better job and became an Employment Counselor for 2 ½ years and was promoted to Facilitator and continued her passion as a trainer! She has 6 years of employment with Workforce Solutions.

1 Response to “Unemployed? Nope! You still have a job!”

  1. 1 Sabrina Ryan May 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I agree! I have been going straight to places of possible employment and have better results. I am trying different avenues also which I think is very helpful.

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