2 Things I Did That Got Me Out Of Unemployment

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I had been at my job for four years. One day in April 2022, I got a call from my boss saying it was time to look for a new position because our funding had been cut. I left that job in July, and in August, I started a consulting job that was four months long. From November 2022 to March 2023, I was unemployed.

 

My Unemployment Journey

At first, unemployment was enjoyable. I had saved up money and filed for unemployment (a whopping $370 a week), but I had enough to pay my rent and maintain my life. I read Agile Unemployment: Your Guide to Thriving While Out of Work, and it helped me!

Of course, there were some things I had to cut out, but for the most part, I was okay… for the first two and a half months. We must remember how much it costs to exist in this world!

Let me tell you that when I needed a job, I NEEDED a job. Unemployment was not a friend to my mental and emotional health. And I was determined that I would not return to working in an office. I was solely looking at remote jobs 1) because I wanted to move and 2) because I could not handle being in an office setting. Read more about how I navigated my career after work related stress.

I got plenty of first-round interviews but needed help to land a second or fathom getting a job offer. At my lowest point in my job search, I was beginning to think, “I’m never going to get a job.” I finally decided it was time for a change and needed to switch up my work.

Here are two things I did to improve my chances of getting a job

Firstly, I invested in a professional company (Top Resume) to redo my resume and LinkedIn page. I realized that my previous resume could have done me more favors and needed a complete overhaul. I ensured the company specialized in writing and optimizing resumes and LinkedIn profiles. They helped me create a polished, professional-looking resume and LinkedIn page that accurately reflected my skills and experience. This gave me the confidence to apply for more jobs and stand out from other applicants.

Secondly, I watched YouTube videos on interviewing tips. I learned how to prepare for an interview, ask common questions, and answer them effectively. I practiced my interview skills in front of a mirror and with friends, which helped me become more comfortable and confident during the interview. With these tips, I made a great impression during my interviews, leading to job offers! I know this sounds silly, but I swear it works!

It is important to remember that everyone’s job search journey is different. What worked for me might not work for you. However, taking a step back and evaluating what could hold you back is essential. In my case, it was my resume and interview skills. By investing in a professional company to redo my resume and LinkedIn page and watching YouTube videos on interviewing tips, I overcame these obstacles and landed a job.

It is important to remember that everyone’s job search journey is different. What worked for me might not work for you. However, taking a step back and evaluating what could hold you back is essential. In my case, it was my resume and interview skills. By investing in a professional company to redo my resume and LinkedIn page and watching YouTube videos on interviewing tips, I overcame these obstacles and landed a job.

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