In a recent interview, Emily Lou a career coach with over 10 years of experience shared her views on unemployment and some tips to deal with it positively. For most of us, working is part of our identity and we tend to feel lost or anxious when we are made redundant. It doesn’t have to be that way and we are here to tell you that it is okay!
😅 THE BLAME GAME
As a career coach, Emily Lou’s advice is to give yourself some days or a week to process what happened. She further shares that you need to accept that some things are beyond our control especially in the current economic environment. Don’t blame yourself for a situation that millions of people are facing around the world right now!
💪 LOSE THE EGO
You need to ask yourself if there are “no jobs available?” or “no jobs that you want available?” Emily Lou points out that sometimes you need to consider “bridge jobs” which will let you pay your bills. It doesn’t have to be a permanent solution but just a temporary one to keep the pressure off even if it means applying for a job you are overqualified for.
🔎 CATEGORISE YOUR INTERESTS
One good way to go about it would be giving yourself 2-3 hours of detailed research. Researching various industries and categorising by themes of what kind of jobs you might like will be a useful exercise to do.
For example, if you have a theme called customer-facing jobs then list down jobs that might be available which are customer-facing. You can find several career options on our SonicJobs app!
🗣 TALK TO PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY
Start communicating with people in the industry. Your goal here should be asking for more information about the industry and getting advice on what steps can you take to be a part of it.
💰 SIDE HUSTLE
A side hustle gives you a good idea about career choices as it lets you determine whether it’s something you see yourself doing full time. Further, a side hustle doesn’t need your full commitment, therefore, it may be an easy way to figure out career options and earn some extra money.
You can find several options on our SonicJobs app, apply now!