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5 Ways to Make Your Long Job Hunt Easier

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When you have been searching for a job for a long time, it’s not easy to carry on. You need extra income to get by, and you also start to lose your motivation. Here’s how to make that search easier, and also ensure you don’t get into debt in the meantime.

 

1. Create a daily job hunt schedule

One of the first things that you should do is to create a daily schedule for yourself. When you are out of work, the lack of schedule can make you feel disconnected, and may allow you to waste time or procrastinate. A self-imposed schedule will get rid of those problems. Set up a time every day to wake up, then check your emails, and then move on to job hunting tasks. These could include a couple of hours for job listing checks, another couple of hours for applying to everything that you find, and so on. If there are other tasks that you need to do, include them in your schedule too. Treat job hunting like a full-time job and put in the hours!

 

2. Rent out extra space on a sharing community site

If you have extra room in your home, you could easily be making money out of it. Get some help with your bills by sharing the load. Use sharing community sites to rent out the space to someone who needs it, whether for storage or as a workplace. You can rent out a spare room, a garage, or even a garden shed so long as there is enough space in it to be used. When you’re not using it yourself, you are basically paying money to heat a room you don’t need. Getting some money out of it is a great bonus which will give you a passive income stream.

 

3. Set up job alerts everywhere

It can be time-consuming and difficult to search through job listings, and what’s more, you may miss something important. Cut out the searching by signing up for job alerts. Most job boards, including BCjobs.ca, will include an email alert service which will tell you every time a job matching your requirements is posted. Make sure to spread the net wide – don’t be too inflexible with your settings. Find as many boards as possible so that you get a good amount of alerts every day.

 

4. Volunteer your free time

With all of this free time on your hands, you might begin to wonder what to do with yourself. Feeling purposeless is one of the worst aspects of the job hunt. You can fill your extra time and gain a real purpose by doing some volunteer work. You could go behind the till of a charity shop, help out in your community, or even participate in activism. Not only will it give you a purpose, but it could look good on your resume as well and make you more attractive to employers.

 

5. Take an online course to improve your skills

When you have good qualifications, the chances of getting a job increase hugely. Make sure that you can demonstrate your skills and even improve them by taking an online course. Choose something that is relevant to your industry and builds on the skills that you already have. As soon as you complete the course, be sure to add it to your resume so that you can find a benefit right away.

Though your job hunt may be long, it doesn’t have to be so hard. With these 5 tips, hopefully you will find a new job fast!


 

Emma Lewis is a loving mother, a devoted wife and a part of the team supporting Spacer – a company helping you find storage space whenever you need it. Emma is also a staunch supporter of the sharing economy and often mentions its benefits.

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