Bored & Unemployed?

I’m so excited to say that I am on a BRAND NEW life journey: Adulthood! Yay! (Kinda). I haven’t been out of school for a month, yet I am already facing the anxiety of being unemployed.  Although I’ve been on a couple of awesome job interviews with some great companies I still find myself resisting the urge to nibble on my gel manicure. I had to force myself to stay off of my phone and out of my e-mail until 5 pm (normal close of business hours) because I’ve been watching them both like a hawk. Waiting for the response after the interview is pure torture. I try to remember the age old saying I learned from my great-grandmother, “a watched pot never boils”.

While I’ve been waiting to receive that golden call or e-mail, I’ve been doing my best to keep myself occupied and productive until my time comes. I’m used to always being on the go and having something to do. Plus, I’ve always had a job since I was 14. This unemployed life is not where it’s at, even though this has been more of a break than an unemployment stint.

Therefore, I want to share with you my top three day-to-day activities that have kept me from jumping off of the edge.

Teaching Myself a New Skill

While I try my best to patiently wait for a job to come through, I’ve been spending time making sure that I will be useful once I start working. I decided to find a way to keep my skillset relevant to the types of positions that I’ve been applying for. Recently, I’ve taken major interest in web design, so a lot of the jobs I’ve applied for are in digital project management, SEO analysis, and web content management. Although I have a little skill in designing web pages by using a template (shout out to my site), I decided that I want to take it up a notch and teach myself how to build a web page from the ground up. So, I’ve been spending a lot of time learning HTML.

I also found my old violin, so I plan to teach myself how to play again.

What is a new skill that you would like to learn? There are so many free blogs, video tutorials and other resources out there to help you learn that new skill or sharpen up on what you already know. Plus, it’ll be great to have the ability to add something new to your resume!

Reading… A LOT

The first thing that I told myself I would do as soon as I graduated was start reading more books for fun. In school, I never wanted to read anything that was assigned… I mean, who did? I would attempt to begin books during the semesters, but I always stopped pretty early in. Now that I have some free time, I’ve been able to read many books that have been beneficial to my lifestyle and careers choices.  Right now I’m reading a book called, “The Meaning of Marriage” by Timothy Keller. No, I don’t plan to be married anytime soon, but it is definitely teaching me how to treat others and is also opening my eyes to a new life perspective. I definitely recommend it!

I also love being able to go to some of my favorite websites and catching up on articles both for information and entertainment. There’s definitely no lie in the saying that “reading is fundamental”. I’ve been learning something new every day.

Helping More Around The House

Since I’ve moved back home, I’ve been trying my best to make use of my time by being as helpful as possible. Back when I was in high school, I used to dread lifting a finger, but now that I’m older I see the importance of being of service to my family. I live with my grandmother who is 66 and my great-grandmother who is 93. They’re still young and thriving, but I know that I can make their living just a little easier by offering to wash a dish or make their bed.

I also see being helpful around the house as a way to mold yourself into being a self-starter, which is always great for any position. You’ll definitely stand out being a person who is willing to take the initiative without being told.

As much as I find myself in the dumps here and there about not having a job offer right out of college, I bounce back reminding myself that until that time comes, I have everything that I need to survive. Plus, I know that I’m going to miss this leisure time when my life really gets into full swing.

I write this post to ensure you that you certainly aren’t alone. It’s easy to wallow in frustration, but it is even better to take this time to improve yourself so that you can be the best in your career. Take advantage of this free time that will soon be difficult to get back. Yes, the cash flow is non-existent now, but it will come. Believe and you shall receive!