Say ‘No’ To Unemployment: Actionable Steps You Can Take Today


Unemployment sucks!

While you do get longer mornings in bed and free money from the benefits office, you also have less money in your pockets to do what you want, and a lack of focus to your day.

But here’s the thing. If you have been out of work for a while, or are new to the world of unemployment, there are actionable steps you can take to get back into the world of work. You’re not unemployable, so no matter how despondent you feel, use today to better your chances.

  1. Get out of bed! Don’t let a lack of motivation and despondency beat you. If you want a job, you need to take the first step, and that’s out of your lazy pit.


  1. Get ready for the day. You have a long day ahead of you, so rather than slump in your pajamas in front of the television, do something that will give you energy to motivate you to look for work. Go for a walk, eat a decent breakfast, get a shower, and get dressed into something reasonably smart.


  1. Look at your resumé  You need to hand this in (or email) to employers, so give it the once over to ensure it has all the necessary sections filled in and that it is up to date. There are ways you can improve your resumé if it is lacking in any areas, so check out this very useful infographic to help you.


  1. Look online. Visit all of the job sites you usually peruse, and pick out any jobs that appear relevant to you. Ensure you have the skills and training necessary if you wish to apply, and then tailor your resumé to fit each. This will show the employer you have done your homework, as a generic resumé will rarely get you very far.


  1. Write an effective covering letter. Again, don’t write a generic letter and send it to every employer you approach. Check out these tips, and follow all of the advice given to you. The more personal you can make your letter, the better! With that done, email your resumé and letter, and hope for the best.



Don’t assume your work is done for the day. Consider the following!

  1. Consider training. There may be ways that you can improve your employability, so considering the free time you may have in the days and weeks ahead, look for any training courses that may be available to you. From forklift training if you’re interested in construction, to catering courses if you are looking to get into the food industry, give them serious consideration, as extra qualifications may be vital for those jobs you would like to apply for, but haven’t so far been able to!


  1. Consider voluntary work. Another way to improve your employability is to take on some kind of voluntary work. Not only will this help you get jobs you are particularly interested in, it will also give you some incentive to get out of bed in the morning. So, as well as researching available courses, look at the voluntary opportunities near you, and in both cases, contact the relevant people to find out more


  1. And do anything else that will improve your chances. If you still have free time in the day, there are other things you can do. Practice your interview technique, network at a job fair, improve your social media profile (employers do check them), and visit employers directly with your resumé in hand. In short, don’t waste your day doing nothing very much. Do all you can today to get back into employment.

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