5 Strategies to Use Unemployment to Gain New Opportunities

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I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being. -Theodore Roosevelt

Often times I hear people who are unemployed becoming depressed and eventually they give up when the job search is going a little slow. Even though things may not be happening as fast as you like, do something different to get the results you want and expect. Unemployment or being without income is never a good state for anyone to be in. After all, the bills don’t stop and will keep coming. You need money to live and do thing the things you so desire. Nevertheless, it’s not the end of the world. Use this hiatus to develop a better you. In the interim, you may be surprised of what you run across. It may be a blessing in disguise that your employer decided to cut ties.

  1. Volunteer – This opportunity can allow you to make some connections, diversify your skills, give back and learn something new. Volunteering is not only a feel-good aspect, it can shine light on your circumstances during a possible dark time. Not only will you feel good about giving back, you never know who you may run into. Someone may notice your skills and offer you a job. Most nonprofits and some for profit organizations need extra help because they are strapped for cash. Your efforts can not only be a blessing for them but you too. This can also be a filter for eliminating job gaps. 
  2. Start a home based business – Prospective employers love to see you use your time wisely. Not only will you earn extra income, you will be creating skills that could possibly aid in you obtaining that new gig. Look for an opportunity that aligns with what you were accustomed to doing or step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Attempting this endeavor can go in so many creative directions. It can enable you to keep your skills up to date and it can also possibly free you from ever depending on an employer ever again. It solely depends on how you look at it and what you do to make it work. Most people who start a home based business are so excited about the freedom, looking for a job becomes a thing of the past. Even if you happen to find a job, that extra income can be used to help you clear and become debt free. This too can be a filler for eliminating job gaps. Need some home-based business ideas? Contact me...  
  3. Go out and network!! – You can’t be seen at home behind your computer and sending out resumes. Everyone else is doing that too. Be different and set the pace! Have you ever heard the quote, “your net worth is tied to your network?” Go to lunch with an old or meet a new friend. Join a new organization. Go where working people are. Talk to them and make them aware you are seeking a new opportunity. Share your resume and engage in their talk. You never know who knows who. After all, that’s what the new work force looks like. Somebody who knew someone else. Each one help one and as a nation, we will succeed!       
  4. Read a book or several books – Reading is not only fundamental, it can enlighten you to new possibilities. It is through books that we learn new skills and think new thoughts. Find a book that is not only interesting, but one that delivers motivation to help you build upon your current skills or develop new ones. Skills are what makes us marketable. For starters, check out mine to give you a jump start with the process. There are tons of self-help as well as educational books on the market that offer the desire to create a new life for yourself.    
  5. Travel – Well you may say, “I’m unemployed and I don’t have the money or any to spare for that nature.” Take a risk and spend the minimum just to get out of your current environment which may not be offering results. This is a perfect time to do what you always wanted to do. Especially since you are reporting to you at this present time. In this travel, you will hopefully be renewed, given a little optimization, be able to focus in on what it is you really want and you never know, you may find a job in that new city and meet new connections. A vacation is always good to rejuvenate the mind and quantify what’s important in life.  

These 5 tips can not only create, they can provide what may have been missing in your life in the first place. When we are comfortable, the things outside the box often fall by the waist side. I have been on both sides of life, unemployed and employed. I can honestly say, when I was unemployed I had less time than I had when I was employed. If you use your time wisely and make every second count, you will realize that life is all about experiences and it’s up to you to create them.

I am Nichelle Womack. As a people building, life transition and business strategist, I specialize in helping you reach your greatest potential by providing information, inspiration, and motivation. I help you develop self-reliance and internal stamina. I provide engagement through community speaking events and one on one consultation. Positive thoughts and language are my fuel for energy and my desire to help you find yours. If you are interested in a free 15-minute session of coaching, contact me @ diversecc@gmail,com. Looking for more great life tips, check out "The Master Tip Manual for Personal Success" @http://amzn.to/1bWA7Vw . Many blessings and much success to you!! Connect with me on Twitter, Periscope & Instagram @NichelleWomack for direct connection.