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Career counseling #11: No option (what to do when you`re unemployed for years)

Greg has a friend called James. After a great start in his career and with a great education, James suddenly lost his job (last year) and is currently on unemployment aid.

He has searched for something for over six months, but, because he`s too pretentious, he hasn’t found anything. He is now searching jobs simpler and paid less than his previous one. He took out things from his resume.

James doesn’t know where to search anymore.

What you should do if you have been unemployed for a long period (months, years) is to find an alternative.


You can create a blog to draw attention on yourself and what you`re good at. The blog doesn’t have to be a professionally built one. It would be enough to buy a domain name from WordPress and to set up a free blog. You do not have to blog necessarily about your field of expertise. It can also been a personal blog where you can introduce from time to time some posts about what you`re good at and your background.

It is already a must-have to create a full professional profile on LinkedIn. But don`t do just that. Join groups and get involved in discussions.

The last thing that you can do is to create your own company or organization based on something you always wanted to do, but never had the courage to try it. You should follow your dreams because you have time to do so.

If you are a researcher and unemployed, you should stop researching and writing scientific papers. Research can also mean analysis of reports, critical comments and the list can go on.

Don’t just apply, but also create your own opportunities.