In-between jobs? Avoid 3 common mistakes unemployed people make. They are ones that help able-bodied individuals remain out of work.
- Searching for jobs in a dead field. Your old boss, career counselor, best friend and grandmother keep telling you that the industry you toiled away in for years is obsolete. Yet, you refuse to believe any of them. Instead, you continue to try and dig up a job in a dead field. Give up and retrain. You might be surprised to discover that you can succeed at doing something else for money.
- Spending more time on the couch than looking. Be honest with yourself. Are you spending more hours per day watching Matlock than searching for a job? People who are serious about returning to work spend at least 5 hours minimum, daily, applying for different positions. This process may be boring, but the reward of earning money again is great. Get up early Monday through Friday and leave the TV off.
- Hanging out with other unemployed people. Misery loves company. For this reason, you probably take comfort in being around other unemployed guys and gals. Sadly, someone struggling in the same area of life as you can’t offer you adequate support. As a matter of fact, a few of them might not even want you to get a job. Ditch these folks and befriend 9 to 5er’s. A person who is working can offer you more perks as a friend such as inside info on how to get a leg into their company.
These 3 common mistakes unemployed people make can hold the average person back. Don’t fall pray to them. With focus and effort, you will be a part of the labor force soon.
Good news! The U.S. bureau of statistics reports that the umemployment rate in Seattle is 8.5 percent. This is a lower number than in most of 2012.