I know it can be tough to live without a job. Submitting resumes and making cold calls can be hard on your self-confidence, but being strategic about your job hunt can re-invigorate you and give you the motivation to keep going.
I recently moved to Lagos from Benin hoping to get a job. I went through the dreaded “job search slash figuring out what to do with my free time slash trying not to drive myself crazy” And it wasn’t funny. I was made to believe that Lagos is the land of opportunities (where things are easy) not until I arrived and experienced the otherwise. Lagos is a land of HUSTLING! If you cannot hustle in Lagos, then you cannot succeed in Lagos.
While it may be tempting to wallow in self-pity and frustration (let us face it, job hunting is not easy for anyone). I have submitted my resumes to several companies and it’s been six months since they told me they will get back to me. I think we are all used to that statement ‘we will get back to you’ and we still do not hear a thing from them
Anyways, I got fed up and I had to do something with my life. The truth is there are some productive things you can do with your time in between the job search. Getting busy will make time pass more quickly, and you might learn a few things that will add to your skill in the process.
Here are 3 things I did while waiting for my next job interview:
Discover Your Passion
Passion is everything. You need to know what you can do for yourself. If you discover what you are passionate about, start to build on it. For me I discovered that I was able to convince people to buy products from me, and I used that to my advantage and got into a business that has helped me improve on my skill.
Build an online presence and make contact
Social media when used right can be one of the best means to make contacts.
Have you used Facebook platform to talk about your passion?
Create an online presence on social media that will sell your passion. There are several social media platforms to use in building your passion. For me, I started advertising my passion with LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great platform for networking, meeting future employers of labour and decision makers. I leveraged on this platform and the result I got was huge.
My ability to convince people and relate articulately made me become a realtor and I have not had any regrets at all.
Using LinkedIn is easy: create a profile there, include important keywords you want people to identify you with, include your portfolio/skill set/education, then connect and engage human resource personnel and decision makers in organizations and sell yourself.
Overtime constant relations with people on the platform will help you develop your communication skill, which is very important in every aspect of your life.
Use your circle of Influence and market yourself
If you have worked before, this is the time to pull out your diary and get in touch with ex-clients, ex- partners, internship supervisors, ex-colleagues and even family members to spread the word about what you have to offer.
Get something that generates passive income
In this age of the internet, you can stay home and earn a living just I did.
Passive income allows you to keep generating cash flow over time. Even if you have a job.
Before starting a new business, you need to talk to people (this is where your communication skill come in) who have already done what you are about to do. That will save you time, money, and hopefully help you avoid painful pitfalls.
For me, I had to go into real estate to generate my own passive income. Because I had that passion about convincing people and because I did not want to sell clothing or shoes, I opted for something that would challenge me and give me huge sales commission and because I realised that I cannot be unemployed and go hungry. That drive of hunger made me strive hard to make sales.
The joy you will derive from knowing that you just made people’s dream of owning a property come true is something you will always look forward to doing. Would you not like to help someone’s dream come true?.
If you are still sending resumes out and still waiting for a promised feedback, you are on a long thing.
Don’t know Where to start?
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