Job Search Tip: Avoiding the Unemployed StigmaAugust 30th, 2011 | Job Search | No Comments »
When you’re unemployed, it can seem like the whole world’ against you. Whether it’s your family, friends, or neighbors who’ve noticed you haven’t left the house in weeks, it can be a tough time. And the thought of explaining your unemployment to interviewers and hiring managers isn’t a pleasant thought either.
When you’re in this situation, there are two essential things you can do to beat the unemployed stigma. First, get out of the unemployed mindset. The more you think of yourself in the way your judgmental neighbors do, the worse off you’ll be. Refuse to succumb to the stigma and force yourself into a positive attitude. The more positive and confident you appear in an interview, the better your chances of ending your unemployment. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, check out this article.
The second thing you can do is being proactive. Treat your job search like a full time job instead of lazing around on the couch and only occasionally hitting send to email out your resume. Network your heart out, and take on side jobs or classes to stay active in your career field. This way, the gap on your resume can be filled in with your side projects, and you’re more likely to find something faster.