Being unemployed sucks. Your financial and professional situation is constantly uncertain, and probably deteriorates to some degree on a daily basis. Even your social life is at risk. But it’s not all bad. You have a chance to think carefully about what kind of career you want. A suddenly open schedule during the week is an opportunity to try new things, take on new projects, or find a new hobby. Most importantly, it will end. After a long line of denials, one of many job applications will come through. And the rejections don’t matter — you only need one job.
Having recently completed a six month stretch of unemployment, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on how to handle the situation. This won’t be about how to find a job or manage your finances. Those two things are obviously important, but they are different for everyone and there is lots of advice elsewhere for that. Instead, this will be about what to do during the day, after searching for jobs, sending applications, and networking. Continue reading