For one reason or another I’ve been thinking about recruitment and job hunting a lot recently. One of the things I constantly hear and have heard for as long as I can remember is that it’s much easier to find a job if you already one.
If you are not working and looking for a job:
- You have time to give your CV and applications your full attention
- You can talk to people easily without making awkward excuses at work
- You have time to fully prepare for any interviews
- You have full motivation to find a new position
- You’re available for interviews and don’t have to take time off work
- You’re available to start straight away
The real problem here is that many people still have an issue with unemployment and in these times (or any other) that is wrong. Work should be a means to an end, hopefully one that is enjoying and fulfilling, but it should not be the centre of everything. A potential employer should only be concerned about the reason you left your last job and what you are now doing with your “free time”*. If you are unemployed it isn’t a reason to sit around moping, you should be using that time wisely to do things you don’t normally have time to achieve and making yourself a more interesting, skilled or knowledgeable potential employee.
* I hate the term “free time” it’s almost as bad as spare change.