We know how hard it can be to motivate to get off the couch when you’re unemployed. The unemployment blues have the tendency to make even the most chipper person a little bit glum.
When you’re unemployed, it’s easy to lose a normal routine. Don’t fall into the stereotypical unemployment trap of sleeping late, watching TV, forgetting about personal grooming, and procrastinating. You have to be motivated, positive, and determined if you want to find a job, but you can still do almost everything from the comfort of your couch.
Here are a few couch-based tips and tricks that you can use to find a job without changing out of your pajamas:
Networking – We all know that life is all about who you know and who you are. Here are a few ways to network from home:
- Write hand written notes. – It may be outdated, but people still love to receive snail mail. Send your friends and colleagues a quick note.
- Call people. – Connect or reconnect with your network with a simple phone call to let them know you are thinking about them.
- Join the conversation on social media. – LinkedIn and Twitter are great places to share your knowledge, opinions, and thoughts. Use these mediums wisely and you can grow your professional network.
- Start a blog. – Let your voice be heard via your blog. Grow an audience and people will start to recognize you as a subject matter expert. Your blog is an excellent starting point for building your personal brand.
- Reach Out. – If you look up to someone, send them an email and let them know why you respect what they do.
Research – In the job search, what you know can come in handy. Here are few things to look up online during your job search:
- Career Advice – Not sure how to write that resume? Need help tweaking your cover letter? Head to job search websites like JobMonkey where you can get all the job search advice you need.
- Job Research – It’s important to pick the right job for you. Learn about different job options and what people really think about those jobs online.
- Company Research – Learn as much about a company as you can before you apply.
- Pay – There are several websites out there where you can learn about the average salary for a job in your area.
Education – Education looks great on a resume and it builds your skill set so you’re more employable.
- Take free online courses. – You can learn just about anything online for free.
- Earn a degree online. – More and more schools and universities are offering distance learning opportunities.
Job Search – If you don’t search for a job, you’re never going to find one!
- Visit job boards to find the latest job listings. – Job boards like the JobMonkey JobCenter are excellent places to search and apply for jobs.
- Visit company websites. – Find the most up-to-date job listings on a company’s website.
Job Applications – You can apply for most jobs online.
- Prepare your job application. – Almost any jobs can be applied for online. All you need is an Internet connection.
- Write your resume and cover letter. – Write your resume and cover letter while you watch TV. Just be sure to edit it when you aren’t distracted!
Please don’t spend all your time on the couch. It’s not healthy. Get outside and exercise. Meet people and be social. Live your life. Treat your job search like a full time job. Log some quality couch time where you can network, job search, learn, and even network from the comfort of your couch and your home.
When you land a job interview, you’ll have to get off the couch, but at that point your job search is headed in the right direction. And if you really love your couch that much, find a job where you can work from home.
Hopefully this will help point your job search in the right direction. Good luck.