If you, dear reader, have anything in common with me right now, it’s probably the fact that we are both unemployed and are desperately tearing out our hair in order to land a full-time job with benefits. What do you do in order to keep from going stir-crazy or completely and utterly depressed?
It is a question I have had to ask myself many times since I graduated in May. After some trial and error, I have come up with a list of fun, free or cheap activities to do. Bonus-some look excellent on your resume.
[ad#336r]So, without further ado, I give you the list:
• Volunteering. Volunteering for non-profit organizations or animal shelters looks fantastic on your resume and shows potential employers that despite a lack of full-time work, you’re keeping yourself busy. Plus, there’s nothing like the sense of accomplishment when you realized that you actually made a positive change in the world, small though it might be.
• Writing. For my fellow aspiring creative writers, working on your portfolio is a great way to pass the time, especially if you are applying for jobs where writings skills are needed. It might not be volunteer work but it does show that you’re keeping busy and that your writing skills are up to par.
• Promoting indie bands. Have musician friends? Do they need help promoting upcoming gigs? Helping to pass out cds and flyers is a great way to go out and about so that you’re not cooped up in your house, slowly going stir-crazy.
• YouTube skits. Into acting? Why not gather a few friends, write out a script, film and then upload it to YouTube? If the Joker Blogs are anything to go by, with the right promotion, your video can wind up being an internet hit as well.
• The library. Like to read? Broke as a joke? Spend your time at the library where you can still keep up to date on the latest novels and if you already have a library card, it’s free.
• Yard Sale. Need a bit of cash? Why not get a few friends and organize a yard sale? It’s a good way to get rid of junk that’s just lying around and make a bit of cash.
• Movie night with friends. Especially for women, having a movie night with your friends is a great way to pass the time and distress after job hunting. Swap DVDs-have a friend bring over a movie to watch that you haven’t seen, and look through your DVD collection to find movies your friend hasn’t watched.
• Mani/pedi night. Again, for women who can’t afford to splurge on a manicure or pedicure, gather up a few friends, some food (bonus points if you make the affair a potluck), and some nail polish so you can take turns giving yourselves manicures and pedicures.
• Visit your local park. Like bike riding? Roller blading? Or merely taking a nice long stroll? Go to your local park and get some fresh air-it’s a great way to relax.
All this and more you can do to keep yourself active, happy, and stress free while you look for employment. Happy job hunting!