Have you Been Unemployed for More than 6 Months? It’s Time to Act

It is likely that if someone has been unemployed for 6 months, or more, the situation has to do with deficiencies in the strategy, or lack of awareness of the weaknesses and limitations. You have to take into account some tips to get out of there.

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When someone has been unemployed for more than 6 months, something is not working. A person who has worked before, and who does not have a legal or health impediment to work, takes 6 months – on average – to get a new job. When this does not happen, it is possible that an incorrect strategy is being used, or that there is some psychological obstacle that influences the situation.

Sometimes getting a job is not easy, especially in certain areas or in certain circumstances. Likewise, it is clear that in this process not only affects our desire or will, but many other factors that are not under our control. However, it is also true that when someone has been unemployed for more than 6 months, they will probably have to rethink their situation.

Work is a fundamental aspect: it is one of the greatest reinforcements for the feeling of personal fulfillment as well as one of the basic pillars for stability. Much of our well-being depends on the satisfaction generated by the work we perform: either because we like it or we give a lot of value to the product we generate.

It is not only about having an income to cover needs, but also about self-concept (cognitive level) and self-esteem (emotional level). That is why it is not good to remain unemployed for more than 6 months, since this affects us emotionally, sometimes severely. What to do in those cases? Here are some strategies that can help us.

“Positive attitude generates positive responses, so this is the way. You become more creative and more effective in everything when you are not angry.”

-Jorge Bucay-

6 months unemployed? It’s time to do a self-assessment

If you have been unemployed for 6 months, the time has come to do a self-assessment. Mind you, a self-evaluation is not an exercise in blame, nor a self-inflicted martyrdom. It is an intelligent analysis of the strategies and resources you are using to try to find a job. So, think, what have you done to get a job? Maybe you have left your resume in some companies, you have responded to some job offer and you have been raised to improve some of your skills, those for which someone would like to have you for your project.

That’s very good. However, what you should think about now is how you have carried out those actions. In what way have you approached your acquaintances to expose your situation? When did you look for them? What have you told them? Under what circumstances? The same questions are valid for the occasions when you have submitted your CV.

It is best to make a list of the steps you take to apply for a job. Describe the sequence you follow, describing the way you execute each step. Then it would be good to define what are the points that can be improved in that process and propose alternatives.

Strategies: search plan, strategies and friends

Most people look for a new job in a totally spontaneous and impulsive way. They review the job offers that have been published and then send their CV, without thinking about which format is better or how to arrange their training, experience and accumulated merits.

On the other hand, in many cases they hide from their environment that they are looking for a job. There are too many stereotypes associated with a person who is unemployed with whom nobody wants to carry, especially in a moment of emotional fragility. However, doing this is losing a valuable search resource. When reporting, the person involves more people in the search, so the possibilities increase; In addition, at a certain moment they can act as endorsers or intermediaries.

Thus, for the job search, it is best to start all the resources from the first moment. The big opportunity can appear the next day.

A good agenda

Continuing with the previous idea: having good contacts at this time is an especially valuable resource. Thus, it does not hurt to take care of our agenda although at this moment we have employment. In fact this is the best time to make contacts, since the relationship we establish will not begin with a request or inquiry. Also, being inside the sector is always easier to access people who work in it.

Experts in labor issues insist that the CV should always be presented early. On the other hand, just like the contacts, it’s no good that you leave it in the companies that interest you the most, although now you have employment.

On the other hand, while that offer appears that you are looking for, form yourself. Just as we can always improve our job search strategies, we can also improve our cover letter in all cases. We can also choose, if we have a good business idea and we have resources, to undertake.