Ah yes the waiting game, it sometimes feels like you’re hitting your head against a brick wall and other times feels like you’re waiting for Jesus to come back. Either way the frustration of life is real! I’ve been here before, truth is we all can’t get a job straight away. Below are 10 things you can do while you wait.
When someone suggested this to me I was like …‘Hold up, you want ME to work… for FREE?’, I never really understood the benefit of working and not getting paid for it
(I had that ‘Employee’ mindset ). Having Volunteered several times now I can genuinely say that its something I enjoy doing. I have learnt a lot, made some amazing new friends and it has strengthen my belief in the cause even more. Volunteering is something that should be in everyone’s bucket list.
It doesn’t matter if you have your Degrees’ or a PHD or whatever fancy qualification. What I know for sure is that you can’t learn everything in school. So pick up a book, newspaper or study an online courses and learn about the industry you’re applying for or considering in changing into. Furthermore I am a big advocate on reading books on personal development, I suggest that you think long and hard on your weaknesses or what areas you would like to improve on and pick up a book – You can thank me later *winkwink*
Start A Blog
It seems like everyone is starting a blog these days but hear me out. Starting a blog could help you in two ways;
- Living without a job is hard! Especially if you don’t have a comfy savings account
or rich folks to fall back on. What better way to share you feelings during this time then your very own blog. Who knows you might gain a following and end up helping those who are going through the same thing.
- Blogs are a great way to showcase your passion and interest to the world. A lot of creatives use this as a platform to do exactly that. The secret sauce here is to always remember that its not always about you, so focus on creating content that could help you rather than stroke your ego.
Experience is great and everything but let’s get real we need cash
(like yesterday). As mentioned above, having a blog is a great to showcase your talent. Being a freelancer is kinda popular right now, when I tell people that’s what I do the first response is usually “that’s interesting” and want to know more.
Spend time with Family/Reconnecting with Friends
When we get busy we sometimes forget about spending time with loved ones. Some time we just need a moment to stop and think about what is actually important to us, time or money. I use to think that ‘Time is Money’ but we can’t buy more time. On the flip side we can spend more money to improve our health thus prolong life, however time can be used to make money. One of my favourite quotes is by Jim Rohn
“Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it, and spend it rather than invest it.”
In some cases its not what you know, its WHO you know. Employers are always looking for people they know they can trust and recommendations from colleagues and friends are the best way to do this. Networking with people in the industry or simply telling your friends what your looking for may lead to your the next opportunity – So make every conversation count!
Playing Video Games
Yeah I said it – Video games! Do not rule it out unless you have attempted at least 5 games
( cause FIFA football is not for everyone). Depending on what kind of video game, you could learn a wide range of skills.
If you can then why not? your problem’s are still going to be there when you get back, just don’t break the bank when you do this. I went to Beijing earlier on this year, even though life took a left turn when I got back I still don’t regret going. I made new friends and created memories that I will last a life time.
Beijing & Cancun Mexico
Make A Bucket List
My Birthday is fast approaching and with that comes deep reflections about where I am with my life. In the past it was a depressing time as I would always focus on the negative like past failures. Being unemployed is another prefect opportunity to think about all the things you want to do and how the next job could help. I believe that with each new chapter we take should bring us a step closer to what we really want in life. So don’t let the next job be all about the money, because life is so much more than that!
Strengths & Passions
Making a list on what your good at and what your truly passionate about could help you find your dream job, especially in times when your not quite sure what your next job will be.
Waiting for a job can be stressful, so try to be as productive as you can. Use this time to think long and hard about your life, learn something new or even make new friends. Setting goals on how many jobs you can apply to DAILY not weekly – make it a daily habit.
Think positively – something good will come out of this!