A friend of mine was laid off recently and struggled during the first few weeks of his unemployment. He did not shave, stayed in his pajamas past noon, spent hours online looking for jobs (or so he said), and did not see sunlight for the better part of 14 days. Finally, his wife kicked him outside the house, luckily not out of the house, and told him to go meet with friends, former co-workers, bosses, etc.
My friend had regressed into being a teenager – sleeping late, low responsibility – and while it is good to take advantage of this time to recharge one’s batteries, one has to be careful that this new lifestyle does not become permanent. Inaction is deadly for a job search.
Additionally, his wife’s advice was spot on – go and meet people. In an article posted on CareerJournal, Five Mistakes Online Job Hunters Make, the author wrote, “Washington’s Tacoma Public Utilities posted a water meter reader position on its website. The response? More than 1,600 people applied for the $17.76 an hour position.” Applying online is okay, but it cannot be your only strategy. Meeting people and networking will help your application rise from the pile of resumes.
Being out of work is tough, being out of touch with friends, family, co-workers, networking contacts, etc. is just plain wrong. As Hall & Oates sang, “You’re out of touch, I’m out of time.”