For my part, I fully understand the transition. I was there myself sometimes – and for far too long. The life of the unemployed is very confusing. The quasi-life equilibrium that existed before the transition period has been lost. And everyone you know seems to want to help you by giving you (non-professional) advice on what can further confuse your confusion and thereby cause further disorientation. So what’s the best way to get back on track, get a job, and regain balance in life? The answer may seem too simple: FOCUS.
You’ve probably heard the stereotype “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re not going anywhere”. How true, so it takes a path, a direction, and a great deal of mental energy to focus on the right things.
The following (professional!) Advice comes from a recent networking presentation by my friend Abby Kohut (http://absolutelyabby.com/), one of the smartest people I know in the business.
- Thirty percent of your time should be spent networking live. 60 to 80 percent of people find their job through networking. Think about how you got your last job: probably through talking to someone who put you in touch with others, and next was an interview.
- Another You should spend 30 percent of your time on online applications. Lead generation and communication via email.
- You should dedicate twenty percent of your time to volunteer work. It’s critical to your mental health, just too Be with people to get involved and to expose.
- The last You should spend 20 percent of your time doing things for yourself. People are like batteries: they need to be charged regularly. In order to convey to the hiring manager through the interview that you are the ideal candidate, you need to feel good about yourself. So whatever makes you feel this way, do it!
If you follow these guidelines, stay focused, and develop perseverance, you will be rewarded with a job you deserve.