Life lately has been…not exactly the way I want it to be. I finished up in my last job several weeks ago. As much as I loved the place I was in, unfortunately there was no more hours for me and I just had to move on. Now I’m back in the routine of a jobseeker. I’m trawling the internet, sending out CVs, filling out online applications, checking my e-mails almost obsessively….Sadly it’s a routine that a lot of us know all too well.
Since my last job ended, I’ve had two promising interviews but on both occasions I was told I’ll only be called if and when a position comes up. Now that could be next week, next month…or maybe even never. This waiting game can be so frustrating and absolutely mind-numbing at times but I’ve always been an optimist. Sure, I have no idea what’s ahead of me but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Who knows what opportunities are just around the corner? I often think to myself — and I’d say it to anyone in my situation —keep trying and something will come up.
In the meantime, stay positive. If you’re like me and you’re unemployed at the moment; you’re probably wondering what to do with all this time on your hands. It’s pretty easy to develop bad habits. As it is, I spend a lot of time on my laptop. Between job-hunting and blogging and general internet browsing, I can clock in some serious hours online. Excessive screen time isn’t good for anyone and one thing’s for sure; you will go crazy if you’re staring at the same four walls day in, day out.
That’s why I think it’s so important to just get out there. Don’t be tempted to hide away in your home. Get up and go someplace else. A change of scenery can do a world of good. None of us are rolling in it exactly so it’s essential to think up a few things that will cost you little or (preferably) nada. My suggestions? Go visit family and friends; take a long walk in a scenic area; stop in at your nearest library/museum/art gallery; volunteer or take up a new hobby. Check out your town’s tourist office website as well. They’ll have a list of all the local events and attractions and you could well discover something new right on your doorstep. I know I personally never realise how much is going on in my own area unless I actually make the effort to find out! It doesn’t matter what it is; just find something that you like to do and that will get you out of the house, and just do it.
Because, at the end of the day, it’s not fun to be a jobseeker. It’s not fun trying to prove your worth over and over again through applications and interviews. It’s not fun being broke. It’s not fun having to explain your situation every time someone asks you what you’re doing. Like most people, I’d rather be carving out a career for myself and earning a decent income. I don’t like the situation I’m in but it’s not always going to be this way. Nothing lasts forever and I’m determined that things will change soon enough. Until then I’m staying patient, positive and productive…and ready for whatever opportunities are coming my way.