Monday, April 22, 2019

De Leon: To millennials: How to make your unemployment time lit as possible

DID you recently quit a job without any back up plans or are you a fresh grad? Well, it might take you at least two to six months or more before you can float that resume.

However, here are four strategic and fulfilling hacks you can do to make this time as epically lit as possible:

Hack #1- Learn new skills

Every year more and more millennials are entering the scene and the competition in the current market is insanely tough. In order for you not to be left behind, it is a must that you invested in making yourself more marketable. Hence, investing can come from various ways like seminars, podcasts, webinars, online courses, tutorials and what not.

As a marketer, I have to equip my bolster with knowledge in traditional communications, graphic design, video editing as well as the digital side like social media strategy, search engine optimization and the like. My point is there's no way you'll run out of something to learn out there. The ladder is just too wide and too high. Remember, recruiters today love to hire people that are multifaceted.

Hack # 2 - Start a passion project

Provide a platform for others you're most interested with. During this awkward and uncertain time in your life, focus your energy on a project you can immerse yourself into.

Your passion project could be doing some vlogs (video blogs) about information technology, creating a blog, or even doing covers. This could be cool for building a portfolio and showing organizations you have diverse interests and have project management skills on your own.

More so, you can start venturing into home-based projects. Sites like UpWork and Toptal should help you. This will not be only worthwhile in terms of your time but a bang for the buck as well.

Hack # 3 - Travel

Now before you argue, the minimal planning and low cost are key aspects for why staycations appeal to the millennials’ desire for adventure. Check out pages like DIY travel Philippines, byaheng budgetarian on Facebook and you'll be amazed on how fun low-cost touristy trips are.

Hack # 4 - Meet people
Reach out to people or groups that align with where you see yourself growing professionally. Social media is a great channel too for finding local young professional events around. These are excellent events to network with others and spread the word about your passion project.
You see, the objective of any downtime is to be able to show people how you turned a negative into a positive and made yourself even more marketable to better serve a company.

There is no reason why your downtime between jobs should be any kind of pity party. Keep the gears running!


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