What NOT To Do When You're Unemployed

By One2One Resumes

Share on: 

Job seekers who have been out of work for a while understandably become tired, deflated and frustrated. Often after a few weeks of persistent effort and no results, they fall into what I call the ‘I give up’ mentality. This is what it looks like:

Stop setting the alarm. What’s to wake up for anyway, it’s not like I have to be anywhere and the job board will still be there at 10am.

Stay in PJs all day. It’s not like I am going to see anyone, I don’t have to be anywhere – who says you can’t job search in your PJs?!

Develop hermit habits. Avoid social situations for fear of someone asking ‘how’s work going?’ or ‘what do you do for a living?’

Become night owls. Stay up until the early hours of the morning because ‘it’s not like I’ve got anything to do tomorrow!’


Unemployment does not make you a loser, a second-class citizen or a failure. You lost a job – not your entire being!


Some things to consider when faced with unemployment:

Make a schedule and stick to it. Routine is your best friend!

Get up and get dressed – just like you would if you were going to work.

Treat your day like a work day. Start your job search activities, break for lunch and then get back into it.

Map out a plan of attack and be sure to monitor your progress.

Keep talking to people – don’t simply job hunt online – talk to people.

Embrace your network – you don’t know if anyone can help unless you ask.

Watch your internal dialogue – don’t be negative – this is not forever, it is a temporary setback and you will triumph in the end.

Smile! When you talk to potential employers, when you write emails, smile – it works!

If you are one of those job seekers who hasn’t seen the light of day for a while because you’ve lapsed into unemployed despair, take a deep breath, regroup and hit it again fresh.

Yes, unemployment is terrifying and quite simply sucks – majorly!

But you’ve got no choice but to keep looking until you secure a role so make the best of a bad situation and try to enjoy the process.

Being positive and upbeat will help your search.



© Michelle Lopez, Owner/Career Consultant | One2One Resumes

E: [email protected] | W: www.one2oneresumes.com.au

What does our team do?

We won't just do social media strategies. Social Hire will work with you to ensure your business gets genuine value from us and that your team gets the most out of the service. Our experienced social media managers are motivated to make a enhancements to your social media marketing and reaching targets in a way that realistically makes a difference to your business goals.

Our digital marketing managers are the wizards that can give you the insight you need to develop your business. Have you had enough of making complex personnel choices that don't work well for your digital presence?

Our specialists are a team that assists our partners improve their presence online by giving online marketing on a regular basis.

You might like these blog posts The Advantages of Leveraging Social Media for Business, 6 Strategies to Attract, Hire & Retain the Talent Your Business Needs, Small Business Advice Blog, and Three Qualities of Successful Marketing Team Leaders.

  Back to Candidate blogs