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So you are recently unemployed and are looking for a job. You have a particular set of skills and you want to put them to good use. You have your certifications, your work experience, the projects you have done in the past, and a number of qualities neatly listed on your resume, and now you are in the process of applying for the jobs that pop-up on your LinkedIn feed and on Indeed.com. If you have been doing all of that, you must already be in talks with a number of employers. If you haven’t been doing that, it is time to get organized in your job search. Here are three mistakes you should try not to make when you are looking for a job.
1. Do Not Put Learning On Hold When You Are Unemployed
When you are unemployed, you have a lot of time on your hands. Most people use this time to catch up with old hobbies and passion projects, some use this time to reconnect with friends and family, some use it to play videogames and binge-watch their favorite tv show, and few use this time to brush up on old skills and add new skills to their arsenal.
If you are an InfoSec professional, this may be a good time to do some ethical hacking courses and add some oomph to your resume. Similarly, if you are in ITSM, learning ITIL best practices can make you an ideal candidate for organizations where incidents are commonplace and IT operations get interrupted all the time. In short, using this time to learn new skills should be at the top of your priority list, second only to searching for a job.
2. Do Not Neglect Your Health
Working a stressful job, or a job that you hate, is bad for you. However, so is unemployment. When you are unemployed, you can start feeling lethargic and stressed out. In most cases, being unemployed means that your income drops dramatically and you have to downsize your life. One of the most obvious expenses you can easily cut down on is the gym membership, and a lot of people end up doing that. You start having trouble sleeping, struggle with depression and anxiety, and your health goes down the drain.
If you can’t relate to anything we just said, good for you. If you can, you should make it a point to improve your health during this small period of unemployment. If you can’t afford a gym membership, you should take up running as a hobby, or dedicate an hour a day to body weight exercises you can do at home. No matter what you do, do not let your health decline during this time.
3. Do Not Neglect Your Network
Being active on LinkedIn is one of the most important things you can do when you are unemployed and looking for a job. You need to make sure you interact with people, maintain a vibrant online social presence, comment on interesting articles, share useful content, and may be even start writing articles relevant to your line of work. You should also give recommendations to your past coworkers and ask for recommendations in return. You should look into medium.com, relevant groups on Google+ and reddit, and all other forums where you can start interacting with people from your field.
When you are unemployed and spending time online, you are prone to falling prey to all the distractions that are out there. However, you need to dedicate a certain amount of time you can spend on LinkedIn and similar platforms and make sure your networking game is on-point.
We hope you found this information useful. Make sure you avoid making these common mistakes, and best of luck for your job hunt.