How to Beat the Unemployment Blues

27th September 2018
Catherine Vickery

It’s easy to be discouraged if you’ve been out of work for a while. A lengthy job search takes its toll not only on your bank balance; it can also affect your self-esteem. Although you may not feel like it, it’s important to be proactive, and take positive steps towards keeping your confidence up.

As specialist financial recruiters, we’re happy to help with your job search. We’ve also learnt a few tips and tricks which we’re happy to share with you to help you beat the unemployment blues along the way.

1. Be proactive

First things first, you need to be in the best possible position to find yourself a job. This means making sure that your CV is completely up to date, and is in a format which is both appealing and easy for potential employers to read.

Similarly, there is no harm in sending your CV and a covering letter to companies that you like the look of. You never know when they’ll be looking to hire, or even if they might simply take a shine to your CV!

2. Stick to a schedule…

It’s wise when unemployed to view finding your new job as your current job. By this we mean dedicating your normal office hours, for example 9am – 5pm, to job hunting and attending interviews. By doing this, you’ll give your days a structure and purpose.

3. …but give yourself a break, too!

Having said that a schedule is a good idea, it’s also a good idea to give yourself a break from time to time.

Job hunting can often be all consuming. It’s not just the searching and applying for jobs; attending interviews can be time consuming, tiring and emotionally draining, and the worry of being unemployed can also take its toll. Make sure that whilst you’re sticking to a schedule, you’re also giving yourself some time to rest and recuperate, as this will keep you at the top of your job hunting game.

4. Educate yourself

If you’ve always wanted to brush up on certain skills, or indeed train in something entirely new, now is the time to do so. By learning something new, you’ll have a new skill or gain another qualification for your CV. Even non-work related courses can sometimes act as interesting talking points in an interview!

5. Accept temporary and contract work

If a temporary or contract position comes your way, consider accepting it. It could be a stepping stone into your next permanent position, or at the very least a networking and experience-building opportunity.

6. Put yourself out there!

Make sure that you spread the word that you’re looking for a new job. Join networking groups, tell your friends and family that you’re actively seeking a new job, and update your LinkedIn to state that you’re looking for your next role. By casting your net wide, you’ll catch more opportunities.

Above all else, contact specialist recruiters within your field. Here at MacKenzie King, we have a combined experience of nearly 50 years of specialist finance recruitment. Job seekers in Kent, Suffolk and Essex can therefore feel confident that we’ll match them with the right role in the shortest time possible.