Everyone hits a rut in life. Perhaps a period of stagnation, unemployment, post-graduation job searching, and so much more. Life is consistently throwing challenges our way, and it can be overwhelming at times. It is easy to become lost in the shuffle. It is easy to become glazed over going through endless job postings, altering resumes and applications, and updating information. It is definitely easy to get stuck in a job with no growth or lateral change.
How can you get through this period and make positive changes?
The answer is productivity. Yes, going through job postings is productive, but there are alternate forms of productivity you should consider to not only help you become more appealing to prospective employers, but also to enhance your life, skills, and experience. Here are some of the best things you can do to become more productive.
1. Find your strengths and skills, and blog about it. Connect your blog to social networks and job sites.
2. Connect to like-minded individuals.
3. Take free courses through Coursera or other online sites to keep your brain active.
4. Take classes at a local college and perhaps consider a certificate or higher degree.
5. If you are in a field where your personal work matters, create a stunning portfolio.
6. Learn any computer programs you are not familiar with, especially ones you see regularly in jobs you apply for. YouTube has many videos that can help, and you can get books from Amazon.
7. Stay in touch with your network because you never know who may have a tip for a job.
8. Remain patient. It can be difficult, especially if you are unemployed, but everything takes time, and if you lose patience, you lose positivity, and this could come across in an interview.
9. Reach out to friends, co-workers, fellow graduates, or anyone you know who is in a similar situation. Support is crucial.
10. Believe in your skills and develop the ones you need so you can sell yourself in job interviews and applications.
Being productive when it comes to these stationary periods of life will actually help to get the ball rolling. People notice those who work hard and who are willing to put in extra effort to continue to expand their skills. Be the person employers can’t live without.