What To Do When You Don't Have a Job

Updated: Jan 25

At some point, we have all been there. You’re dreaming about receiving that email or phone call saying that you’ve finally landed your dream job, and then reality hits. You are currently unemployed and you’ve sent in several job applications that never seem to work out. You then start to wonder what you should do since you don’t have a job? Today, I want to share with you three tips on what to do while you wait for a job.  


You should work hard.


This probably sounds strange to a person who has not been able to enter the workforce, but there are so many different aspects of the workforce in our world today. For example, volunteering for a non-profit in your community can be a great experience, helpful to them and a way to gain skills that could help you gain a job in your field at some point. You might not receive any compensation for your work, but never rule out volunteering for a nonprofit if they are willing to give you valuable experience. For someone else, it might involve learning or growing a certain skill set independently that companies seem to be highly invested in their employees knowing. For each person, this point will look different, but at all costs avoid doing nothing with your time, because you never know when a door might open up and you’ll be ready to walk through it based on prior experiences.


You should invest in relationships.


We discuss the benefits of networking a lot and that is important, but that’s not the type of relationship that I’m talking about right now. The type of relationships that I want you to foster while you don’t have a job are with the people you enjoy spending time with, care about and still want to have in your life twenty years later. Your family and friends are the people that I’m thinking about right now. As college graduates, we hear so much about the importance of networking that I think we forget to enjoy building relationships with people who will still be there for us after we land our dream job. I know it isn’t always easy to take the time to be with family and friends, but we can’t ignore the fact that networking at the professional level is typically a business-only endeavor for some people. To live a healthy life, you need to have relationships outside of your job and learning how to maintain them now will be a good skill to have.

You should pray often.


To some of you that probably sounds cliché, or worse, hurtful, but please hear me out. If you are spending more time worrying about getting a job than you are praying for a job, you have it backwards. We all worry, but this should not be an issue that you obsess over. We all agree that getting a job is important, but it is not the most crucial aspect of your life. Indeed, finding a job is a worthy cause, but without prayer and placing a healthy weight on what matters long-term in your situation, you will miss the grace that is being bestowed on you each day. Well, those are my tips for what to do while you wait for a job. Hopefully, you were able to find an applicable point that you would like to work on and best wishes as you start hustling toward your dream job! Written by Morgan Dowell

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