If you’re recently out of work and trying to figure out what to do next, you’re not alone. It’s tough to plan for moments like this. Wondering what to do when you’re out of work? Use this time to start freelancing, connect with your network, and invest in yourself and learning something new. Use these tips to stay focused and positive.   

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Out of Work? Stay Positive.

1. Apply for jobs, but avoid getting overwhelmed. 

Finding a job is a full-time job, and if you put yourself out there, network, and apply yourself, you’ll find something good. Keep in mind that it can be hard to deal with rejections, especially if it’s been months and you haven’t heard back from anyone. Many times companies will send an automatic response or nothing at all. After time, the no’s can start to weigh on you. 

Don’t get discouraged. 

  • Create a vision board to narrow down your intent. 
  • Use journal prompts to help you stay focused and aligned with what you truly want. 

You are smart, talented, and qualified for your dream job. Don’t forget that! Think of every “no” as an opportunity to lead you in the right direction. 

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2. Start freelancing. 

It’s easier to start freelancing than you think. If you enjoy working with kids, start teaching English online. If you love working with kids, have a Bachelor’s Degree and some tutoring or teaching experience, you can teach English online to students through VIPKid and ItutorGroup. The application time varies, but once you pass, you can create a schedule so you can start making money. You won’t need to make any lesson plans or spend too much on props. Keep it simple! 

Who can apply: 

VIPKid – Teachers in the USA (except California) and Canada can apply. 

iTutorGroup – Teachers worldwide accepted.

If you are a good writer, look for freelance writing work on Upwork and LinkedIn. Create a portfolio or blog to showcase your writing samples. If you are just getting started, and don’t have any writing samples, submit an article on Thrive to build your portfolio. 

If you want to get paid to write articles, blogs, and content, it pays to be a great storyteller with a business mindset. Learn how to market yourself to land higher-paying clients. 

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3. Invest in yourself. 

Time is a valuable resource, and if you suddenly cashed in on some time, spend it wisely. Learn how to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits in a free course offered by Yale. Take a free Yoast course to learn about SEO or explore Skillshare to see what you can learn about photo editing. There are so many free courses online and on Youtube. Invest your time in learning something new, and grow your skills. 

Start a blog or that project you’ve been dreaming about doing. Explore new hobbies like learning how to use your camera on manual. 

4. Position yourself as an expert in your field. 

Freshen up your resume and cover letters by adding keywords and examples of what you have done. Meet with recruiters to practice your interview skills and use it as an opportunity to review your resume and what improvements you can make. I used Canva to update and design a very stale resume that was built on Microsoft Word ages ago. Get creative! 

Instead of adding words like “punctual, motivated, and a team player,” share details on how you managed a team of five and reached your sales targets every quarter. It helps paint a clear picture of your work ethic and what you will bring to the table. Read the keywords on the job description and use them to your advantage.

5. Make Connections. 

Whether or not you’re looking for a job, it’s always a good idea to engage with your Linkedin network. (Connect with me on LinkedIn.) Update your profile, add keywords, and start reaching out to people in the industries where you want to work. Send a short message with each introduction explaining who you are and why you want to connect. 

Once you connect, don’t just say a quick hello and forget about your network. Nurture those relationships and offer ways to help them. 

Let friends and family know that you’re searching for work and ask to be introduced to any connections. Let them know how they can support you during this time.

6. Volunteer and learn something new. 

Volunteering is a great way to learn something new, give back, and build your network. Check for volunteering opportunities in your community. You never know who you’ll meet or what opportunities may open up from volunteering. Use your skills or learn something new. It will look great on your resume and could open doors for new opportunities. Volunteer by taking photos at an event, teaching people basic computer skills, or giving your time at a local animal shelter. Search for opportunities that can expand your skills and help your community.  

Conclusion 

What to do when you’re out of work: Create a plan, review your budget, and focus on investing in yourself. Make short term goals to help you stay focused and on track. If you start to feel defeated and alone, try not to stress. 

Spend some time outdoors, get plenty of exercise, and create a routine for yourself to conquer the day. You’ve got this!

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