We all hit rough financial times here and there, especially in these trying days of global economic uncertainty. When pitfalls occur-and they will-it’s important to maintain hope and to optimize the unpleasant circumstances we’re faced with. Regardless of our specific situations, we all have things to still be grateful for and opportunities to still pursue. Although finding the best route for you to follow will, of course, depend on your particular scenario, here are three general avenues many successfully pursue during times of unemployment.
Part-Time and Freelance Work
When you can’t find full-time work, look for part-time work in the mean time. It’s a simple concept that works for many in the in-between time of having full employment. But, because so many are currently unemployed or underemployed, even part-time work can be challenging to find. It’s important to be humble and realistic. Having an elitist attitude about what work is beneath you will surely result in a less productive job search. Of course there are jobs we really don’t want to take, and we don’t have to. But there are other jobs that are only marginally less than favorable, and it’s for those offers that we should be open and flexible.
When we can’t find part-time employment, engaging in freelance work can often produce means to get by, or at the very least, means to get by better. A paycheck is a paycheck-it’s still going to help. Freelance work such as writing, participating in market research, and operating call centers certainly may not result in the best pay ever, but it’s something to live off of while still looking for other work.
You’ve likely heard it before, “Well, you could always go back to school.” Why do people always mention that? Because it can work. If your job search hasn’t been fruitful, looking into continued education is a real possibility in financially helping your circumstances. Students often can get scholarships and financial aid, resources to boost your situation-and resources that would otherwise be non-existent. At the conclusion of said education, you also might find the job market different or at least your station in the job hunt improved.
Another option that may be available to you is volunteering. Now I’m not just talking about at some soup kitchen or a religious organization, although those would probably be positive activities too. I’m talking about when you can’t get hired for pay, getting a foot in the door can often come from being an unpaid volunteer. Many young adults find themselves in unpaid internships that, in time, lead to paid employment. The same formula can produce positive results for other aspiring employees of any age.
Proving with firsthand experience that you can do the task at hand is often convincing enough evidence for being hired. When a paid position does come up, an experienced and dedicated volunteer will likely have the built credibility and needed set of skills to trump fellow unheard-of candidates. When being hired isn’t an option, consider volunteering-even part-time-with a company that you see potential with in the future.