An unwanted job search is one of the less interesting things you’ll do in your career. Although it’s important for career and personal growth, job hunting is rather exhausting and for different people a job search can be under different situations.

Your self confidence can take a huge hit if you look for a long time and aren’t able to find or decide on a job you want to settle into. You have all of this time that you can either spend regretting your decisions and pitying your situation, or, you can use all this time to achieve remarkable things.

In most cases, you’ll be the one to decide when you want to advance to a new organisation, and like it or not, it’s for your own good that you move onto the next phase. You can use this motivation to fine tune the things you’ll need to prepare you for your next opportunity.

We put together a list of the 6 things that you can do that will keep you on your toes and help you stay motivated while you look for a new job:

Investigate While You’re Still Working

Waiting until you’re unemployed obviously will add an additional layer of stress to the job hunt. Before you leave your current job, make sure you spread the word around with close colleagues and friends. You don’t want the word coming back to your employer so make sure all you communication is confidential. Do some digging within the company and see what are the opportunities that could come from these networks.

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Volunteer

This serves as a side activity as well as a source of motivation. You’ll feel productive for giving something to others, plus, you never know what kinds of opportunities could come out of a volunteer experience. You can talk to the people of the organization running the campaign or build a network with other volunteers who might be able to point you in the right direction.

How? Let’s say you’re interested in the education field. It’s a good idea to volunteer for causes within your industry. Volunteering for organizations like the Teach for India allows you to pursue your interests for the benefit of a greater cause. Further, volunteering may give you the chance to figure out what direction you really want to pursue, and what you’d rather leave to more experienced professionals.

Network Like It’s Your Job

You need to start networking as if your life depended on it. Socialising with people you don’t know too well and interacting largely in pleasantries while eating snacks can very quickly get dull. But more connections mean more people who know you by name and face, that means a better chance for an interview. It’s much better to go for an interview through a personal referral.

You have to be clear about your employment goals. You can take a self-assessment test to get a better understanding of your goals and how you plan to work towards it. The more clarity you have, the better you’ll be able to pitch yourself to someone you’re networking with. Don’t just sell yourself with your name and designation, understand yourself better and communicate that to your networks.

Blog

You can start a blog about passions like your hobbies, professional interests, or personal; thoughts. A blog you write can be about anything and that’s what makes it so therapeutic, you have the freedom to create for as long as you want.

Also, blogging will establish an online authority when recruiters do a google search. It won’t be just a LinkedIn profile with a bunch of other profiles with the same names. It will create a positive impression on the employer when they see your dedication to an activity that isn’t a universal requirement.

Remember to blog about a topic that not only interests you, but also will lead you toward the path of thought leadership. At the same time, you may want to think about longevity when it comes to blogging since it could be difficult to switch up your focus once you’ve already established a name for yourself.

Sign-Up for Online Courses

Could your computer skills need brushing up? Want to learn HTML or web design? What about improving your speaking skills? A new language? This is a great time to enhance the skills you offer and emerge stronger for it.

A new job is one of the reasons for you to take an online course and if you are looking for a new job, then this should be a top priority. More brands are entering the online learning market and good courses can be found at extremely affordable rates.

The course can be to sharpen your skills or add a new one to your list when you print your next resume.

Exercise and Sports

Hanging around doing almost nothing is bad for the body and mind, especially the waistline. So even if you start playing soccer in the closest park or take up yoga, tennis, speed walking, etc., it can help. Keeping the body and mind active allow fresh thoughts to flow and keep the blood rushing in your body, this gives you more work to look forward during the day than just an oblivious job search.

Again, there’s the chance that you’ll bump into someone or something who can help you along the way.

Conclusion

Leaving your job or being asked to leave can take a toll on your confidence and self-esteem. But there is an opportunity and nothing more.

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.

Peter F. Drucker

You can grow in this time if you’re conscious about where you put your efforts and aware about how you want to achieve your goals.

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