Job Search Tip: 2 Top tips to Surviving long-term unemployment

October 31st, 2011 | Job Search | 2 Comments »

It’s a tough job market out there. Even in industries that have plenty of jobs to offer, like in IT, hiring managers are so inundated with resumes that your job search seems tougher than ever. If the weeks or even months seem to be dragging on forever, here are two essential tactics to unemployment survival.

1. Evaluate your job search approach. If you’re not seeing any results from your job search, it may be time to really look at what you’re doing to see where your methods need improvement. Maybe you’re not customizing your resume to each company. Maybe your online presence isn’t as cleaned up as it should be. Maybe you’re lured in by the job boards and haven’t tried any other approaches. Whatever your situation, it may be time to take a long hard look at your job search techniques and see where you can improve.

2. Take care of yourself. It’s easy to get desperate during long-term unemployment, and it’s then when you easily forget that if you’re burned out and depressed, your job search is going to suffer, too. You must put yourself before your job search, so focus on getting healthy in body and mind. This of course includes good nutrition practices and exercise, but also, activities like your hobbies, side projects, and volunteering all help boost your spirits.

2 Responses to “Job Search Tip: 2 Top tips to Surviving long-term unemployment”

  1. Evan says:

    My recent contract was cut short. This one was SUPPOSED to lead to full time what happened? I have references, -good ones from all my supervisors, my work met expectations, WHAT happened? Work slowed down. Even the hiring manager didn’t see it coming. SO, What to do? I am seeking projects to volunteer on to build my portfolio, I will get back in shape I will kick-start my art projects I will spend time with my children and show them things can be as normal as possible.

  2. Clare says:

    Hi Evan. It definitely sounds like you have a good plan to tackle this unemployed period. Being proactive is the best thing you can do! Good luck and feel free to give us a call!