A Guide: How to Make the Most out of Unemployment
Whether you’re voluntarily unemployed or whether the reason for you being out of work is out of your control, you should be sure to put your free time to good use. For the sake of bettering your life both now and in the future, you shouldn’t just lounge around all day and hope that your dream job falls into your lap. You should be proactive when it comes to bettering your life and your job prospects.
Check out the guide below, and be sure make the most out of your unemployment.
Remaining productive is the most important thing you can do while you are unemployed. If you don’t resolve to carry on getting up and doing things each and every day, sooner rather than later you’ll get far too comfortable in your unemployment. Once this happens, your desire to land a new job will waver, your motivation will deflate and, before you know it, you’ll be out of work for months — maybe even years — on end.
No matter how tempting it might be to Netflix and chill all day, every day, don’t do it. Whether you resolve to job search for a few hours or whether you decide to devote your time to decorating your home, stay busy and keep those motivation levels high. If you do, you’ll be employed before you know it.
Being unemployed doesn’t mean that you have to spend every single waking minute searching for job openings. You should treat your newfound free time as an opportunity to learn a little bit about yourself — if you’ve got the money to do so, one of the best ways to do this is to go traveling.
When you go traveling, especially if you do so alone, you will learn a whole host of things about yourself and life in general; you will get comfortable with the uncomfortable, you will be sure to change your view on material possessions, and you will garner a much greater tolerance for views and opinions that are different to your own. These lessons that you learn will stand you in good stead to succeed in your career once you get back home, simply because you’ll be a more well-rounded, educated and cultured person.
Sort out any disputes you have with your ex-employer
If you left your old job due to dismissal, redundancy or discrimination, you will more than likely have a few issues to sort out with your ex-employer. You don’t want these disputes distracting you when you do eventually land yourself a new job, so you should seek to sort them out while you are still unemployed.
Employee-employer disputes can be incredibly difficult to deal with, which is why you should align yourself with a settlement agreement solicitor before you become embroiled in them. This kind of professional will help you get the outcome that you want/deserve, without sending you down the employment tribunal route.
Unemployment isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you take the above advice and use this free time wisely, you can become a more well-rounded worker and, more importantly, you can become the best possible version of yourself.