Managing commitments for the unemployed

You should be able to schedule things pretty effectively, to keep your routine operational most of the time, except when absolutely unavoidable.

You have a very good reason for doing anything, namely, that you're busy job hunting. That's tough for anyone to argue with, and you are, after all, actually busy. You can create good time frames for yourself, where you can stay organized and not have your life and your job hunting disrupted by everything and everyone you meet.

Job hunting is sometimes extremely demanding. You have to be focused. The fewer things causing you stress, the better your focusing will be.

After a day of attending courses, lodging forms, talking to people trying to get information and wearing your shoes and your brain out, we can promise you:

There's literally nothing like having to sit down to a refreshing six hours of job hunting in the middle of the night.

Need we say that you're not exactly at your best and brightest, when doing job applications, after running a marathon. You can find yourself exhausted, and trying to meet the essential criteria of a job, at 4 AM, if you're not careful.

Don't get into that situation.

That is exactly what you must avoid. Arrange things so you can be focused and stay focused.

Be Prepared

Job hunting and joining the Boy Scouts don't have a lot in common, but being prepared is one of the few.

You need:

Physical needs

Clothes: Good office type clothes, shoes, and a briefcase or carry bag if necessary. Have everything dry cleaned, and safely packed away for when you need them.

Information: CV, any required documents, all where you can find them without driving yourself mad having to look for them. If necessary, make a check list, just to be sure you do have everything.

Keep your stuff organized, preferably in a good storage place. For interviews, or any other purpose, these are your essentials. They have to be properly looked after.

Mental needs:

Time and peace to study for your applications, as well as interviews. This is important, to get the cobwebs out and to make sure your brain is working on the subjects.

One of the reasons people do not get jobs is lack of time and thought spent on their interviews and applications, another reason for staying organized.

You need to check things, find typos, or any problems in your applications. An application lacking information is a great start to not getting a job.

An interview where the applicant has lost the plot is another. This really is a matter of orientation, as much as actual questions and answers. Many people are not great interviewees, and really do have to study and think to be mentally prepared.

The need varies with individuals, but if you're not confident, it helps to go over your material, and be just that bit better acclimatized to the interview environment.

Daily life for unemployed job hunters

A word of warning:

Whatever you may have heard:

Being unemployed is not fun. It's potentially very dangerous.

The stresses and strains have to be kept under control.

Don't underestimate possible problems.

Be careful.

Things can turn nasty, in a hurry, and you really don't need any more grief.

You need to be in control of the situations.

It's easy enough to get lost in the maze, and just not know what's going wrong. Usually, it's something you can do something about.

If you manage your daily life realistically and effectively, you minimize the possible risks.

This is deadly serious, folks:

Stay cool and in control, and you'll be OK.