Posted by: Lina | August 1, 2011

How to Be Unemployed

(Or the more popular: I just got fired, now what?)


Now let’s face it: Many of us are about to graduate and do not want to move back to living with our parents. Although the situation isn’t as bad as it was a couple of years ago, it’s still quite bad.

If you find yourself unemployed, job searching, feeling a bit helpless and with little money, here are some tips which will make your job searching period/quarter life crisis a little bit easier:

  • Don’t obsess with your job search! I mean, it’s still important, but after a while you will start dreaming of green websites and purple links. Apply for one job a day, and be daring. If you aren’t qualified for a job, they just won’t invite you to the interview. But who knows? You might be exactly what they are looking for!
  • Don’t forget to leave the house: It’s easy to get caught up with the tv, internet and books and stay in the house with endless entertainment. But being outside is important, so make one trip out a day at least, even if just to go to the shop.
  • Walk into shops and places of employment: Okay, so it might be overkill to have a copy of your CV handy everywhere you go, but it’s never a bad idea to ask to speak a manager and ask if they have vacancies. If a role is going then you will be remembered as eager and enthusiastic, not just a name on a sheet of paper.
  • Stay active: It’s important that you do exercise for your mental well-being, especially if you are doing nothing all day. Too poor? Go running. Have asthma? Get two big bottles of water and use them as dumb bells or do low level push-ups while watching T.V
  • Accept your friends’ support: It can be a bit annoying to see that all your friends are getting jobs while you wallow in self-pity. If you are unemployed, don’t be angry that your friends don’t make an effort: they are probably a lot busier than you. Remember that you can do cheap things with friends. Invite them over to play cards and for a can of wine. Or you know, whatever.
Have you got any other tips to keep people sane while job searching? Please share in comments!


  1. its always important to find a place to volunteer, it creates good karma. We always receive when we give 🙂

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