What To Do When You’re Unemployed

Being unemployed, especially if you’ve been let go from your job, isn’t a very nice feeling. Not only can you feel inadequate, lost, and like you’re all over the place, you’re wondering what on earth you’re going to do next.

You might not find a job within the next few weeks, or even the next few months, but that doesn’t mean you should sit around and wait. Taking proactive steps to becoming employed again – or at least earning money again is really important. Here’s what you should do when you’re unemployed:

Figure Out Where You Want To Be

It’s a good idea if you can create a clear picture in your head of where you’d like to be. If you’re not sure, then you can end up meandering to nowhere in particular, and you’ll spend years still trying to figure it all out.

It can take a long time to figure out where you truly want to be anyway, so if that still sounds like too much to you, just figure out where you’d like to go next. Is there a role or an industry that interests you?

Take Care Of Yourself

Don’t allow any negative thoughts or low moods to manifest into nonexistent self-care. Don’t stay in bed till late afternoon, and make sure you still get up, wash, and get dressed.

You’ll feel better, and when you feel good, you tend to do smarter things. You’ll be able to come up with smart ideas and solutions when you feel good, so focus on making yourself feel good everyday.

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Improve Your Knowledge And Skill Set

If you know what sort of industry or role you want to be in, then aim to improve your knowledge and skill set. Spend a few hours a day studying and researching. You can find all kinds on YouTube, and even with free online courses. There are so many options, so take advantage of this time as an opportunity for self improvement.

Teaching yourself about spread betting can make you a desirable hire if you’re looking to work in the financial or investment markets. It could even help you to make a little money while you’re out of work. Figure out what’s popular and stay ahead of the curve.

Keep Up A Schedule

Do your best to keep up a bit of a schedule. Get up and go to bed at the same time, eat at the same times – trick your mind into believing you are still employed. Oh, and don’t forget to get out of the house. You can do your research in a coffee shop or library, if that helps.

Offer Your Skills Online

If you know you have skills, why not offer them online? You could make some cash while waiting for your next opportunity – you might even find you want to continue doing this.

Don’t forget, at times like this, your mindset is everything. Don’t allow yourself to wallow and, instead, continue taking proactive steps to land your next role. Good luck!

You’ll Struggle To Find A Position In That New Career If You Don’t…

When most people embark on a new career, they’re in their early twenties and fresh out of some type of higher education. If they’ve been to university, they’ll likely already have some experience in their field. Even if not, chances are they’ve spent years working towards this goal.

But what happens if you’re in your forties and decide you need a career change? Far from being fresh for the picking, you’ll be a dab hand in an entirely different field. And that can be a daunting and even damaging reality.

The sad fact is that embarking on a new career in later life isn’t easy. But that’s not to say it’s impossible. Far from it, in fact. Many people take the plunge and never look back.

If you’re looking over the cliff face right now, you’ve come to the right place. I spoke, not so long ago, about the things you shouldn’t do when changing careers. But, today, I’m going to look at what you SHOULD do to get your foot in the new job door.

Get training before you apply

If you’re opting for a complete turnaround, there’s a chance that your current job doesn’t do much to recommend you. Aside from showing your ability to fulfill a role, your experience could be useless. The sad fact is, the job market is saturated. Skilled roles often require some experience or training.

As you don’t have experience behind you here, it’s important to focus on the latter. There are training courses and even online classes for most things nowadays. By paying for these before you apply, you have a much better chance at selection. What’s more, such courses can give you a taste for the job. As such, they’re a good idea all around.

 

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Know where to look

When you’re stepping into unfamiliar water, even knowing where to look can be daunting. But, doing your research here can ensure that you apply in the right places. On the one hand, learning the right names and sending inquiry emails can be all it takes.

You might also want to familiarize yourself with industry specialized job searches, like the agriculture-based one you’ll find if you click here. These give you an in-point into your chosen field. Research using such resources will show what roles are available, and how you can apply. Even if you don’t find anything, reading up on specific jobs will show you what’s required for the position.

Get your name out there

As mentioned above, sending emails to the people up top can be enough to secure roles. But, that’s not the only way to get your name into your newly desired industry. It’s also worth following influential figures in the field on social media and interacting that way.

If you can, take the time also to attend industry events. You have a much better chance of succeeding in the interview stages if the employer already knows of you. So, shout loud and proud, and let your new field know you’ve arrived.

Good with Electronics and your Hands–Train as an Appliance Repair Technician

Good with Electronics and your Hands? Train as an Appliance Repair Technician

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When you love everything electronic, handle wiring deftly, and like taking things apart to fix them up, then the job of an Appliance Repair Technician is right up your street.

Along with computers, there are plenty of appliances that run using circuit boards, power supplies, and machine parts to perform a task like washing clothes, drying them, or cooling down a hot room. And when they break, the repair technician comes to the rescue.

Here are a few things to know about an Appliance Repair Technicians’ job.

What is an Appliance Repair Technician?

You’ll be responsible for repairing other people’s appliances. This could be working for a repair store that provides a full-service repair for customers who come in through the door. In other cases, major appliance suppliers or manufacturers like GE Appliances regularly employ people to work on their appliances that have been sold under warranty.

To perform the duties, you should be able to work in cramped conditions at times, getting into places on a machine at different heights, not be afraid to get your hands dirty, stay organized and work unsupervised. Often, there will be a work van with a litany of different spare parts so that you’ll have everything needed to fix the appliance on a call out to the owner’s residence or business.

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What Qualifications Do You Need?

Most employers want to see either a high school diploma or a GED completed post-high school. You should also hold a CFC/EPA certificate which covers technicians dealing with all aspects of refrigerant-based appliances. This is because of the possibility of refrigerants being inadvertently released into the atmosphere if the repair is completed poorly or the dead appliance being disposed of improperly. Also, employers with a call out service require repairs to have a valid driving license too.

What Salary Can You Earn?

The Appliance Technician Salary varies from employer to employer. There are managerial positions when covering a team of technicians and organizing their service calls. Most appliance repair people get paid by the hour. Rates differ based on experience, the equipment they can repair successfully, and their location.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that as a range, appliance repairers make from $9.98 an hour up to $25.95 per hour in the top 10 percent. Household appliance repairers who go to call outs tend to make more than those who work for a repair store. The benefits packages also vary from employer to employer and are an important consideration for people in this line of work because health benefits are so costly.

Working as an appliance repairer is a good recession-proof job because when the washing machine breaks down, most people don’t like to go to the laundromat to get their laundry done.

Similarly, when the summer heat is on and the AC unit conks out, the owner wants to try to get it fixed before they melt! Therefore, the work tends to be quite steady over time.

Also, with the advent of homeowners sometimes buying cheaper, imported appliances with low-quality parts that break more easily, the total repair flow is high enough to keep many appliance repairers in the area pretty busy.

Checklist To Use When Buying A Laptop

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The advancement of technology makes the need for a laptop almost a necessity. Depending on your needs, you can get a laptop in all price ranges. When buying a laptop, it is difficult to pinpoint a specific one as being the best and another one as not. There are too many of them to rank.

People also have different uses for their laptops. If unprepared, shopping can be a real headache and chances are you will end up with something you regret later. However, there are general guiding factors when you go shopping for a laptop. This checklist should help you get value for your money:

Easy to move around with

One of the reasons laptops are preferred to desktops is because they are portable and you can do your work on the go. All laptops are portable. Some are, however, very heavy and leave you wishing for a shoulder massage at the end of the day.

If this is your concern, then Ultabooks is your solution. They are lightweight and very slim; you can even fit them into your handbag if it’s big enough.

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Quality of the screen and keyboard

Whether you use your laptop for work or leisure, it is a sure thing that you will spending a lot of hours on your screen. Even though you can get anti-glare glasses, find a laptop screen that doesn’t put too much strain on the eye. Avoid glossy screens that reflect back light.

Ensure it also has optimal resolution and excellent viewing angles for a comfortable experience. Even when shopping online where you can’t physically see the screen, try to get as many details as you can.

The keyboard should also be laid out in a comfortable way. If possible, get a keyboard that has back light such that it is easy to use in dim light.

The CPU and RAM

Most laptops are fitted with Intel’s Core-based processors. They range from Intel Core i3 through to i9. If you intend to run complex tasks on your computer, you will need a higher-based CPU. The higher they rank, the better performance they provide.

Bigger RAMs give you room to multitask on your laptop without any hitches. If you are going to run heavy software on your computer, think about 4GB RAM and above.

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Storage capacity

Solid State Drives (SSDs) are quickly replacing hard drives because of they are fast and not noisy, while also not adding much to the overall weight of the laptop. They don’t heat up the computer either.

The only downside to SSDs is that they don’t offer many options when it comes to size—they come in either 128 or 256GB sizes. A Bytes Chart will give you insight into the different storage units in a computer.

Battery life

How long your laptop battery lasts will depend on how and what you use your laptop for. Heavy software and video streaming tend to drain the battery much faster. This means that what your vendor says about how long the battery will last count for little.

However, the battery’s rating (usually in milliamp-hour or Watt-hours) should give you an idea on how good the battery is. The higher the rating is, the longer life the battery has.

Making A Career Change Easier To Handle

Handling change in your life is always going to be difficult; even when you look forward to a difference in tomorrow, you’re still going to have to adjust to it! But one of the hardest parts of change going on in our lives is going through career difficulties, and ultimately deciding to move onto something hopefully bigger and better.

So what do you do? How many mistakes can you make when you’re out there? Don’t worry, it can be an easier time than you think. Just like we delved into some of those mistakes we mentioned you can make when changing a career, let’s think about ways to make it a lot easier on you.

So, do you not know what you’re doing when it comes to your career? But maybe all you know is that you need a big change? This is just the post for you—read on for the tips you’ve been looking for.

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Finding the Motivation

 

If you’re bored of your job, and you feel absolutely no energy to make a difference in your life because of it, it’s time to get yourself out of the slump. It’s all to help you at the end of the day, so literally forcing yourself to go in search of better opportunities is going to pay off. And hey, you can help yourself recuperate later on when you know you’ve got an interview secured elsewhere!

But of course, that’s all easier said than done. So think to yourself: why do I need a change? What benefits would it give me? Where can you go to make that long awaited change? All of these questions are going to take some real brainstorming, so get it over and done with and make a plan.

 

Make Training Accessible

 

If you’re still at your current job, look into any training programs or conferences the company has signed up for and secure yourself a place. If they look like they could help with fleshing out a CV, and therefore properly convincing another employer to take you on, it’s going to be worth the time you have left in your current position.

Or you could go online to find courses that can help you become a nurse practitioner; you can look everywhere for the necessary resources to better your confidence and turn you into a real career powerhouse!

 

Make Some Connections

 

You must already know that who you know in the work world is more important than what you can do, at least until you can really show off your skills to your prospective employer. So put some phone calls in and send some emails out; anyone could have a position you’d be perfect for, and you’re showing initiative if you’re specifically inquiring after them.

Making a career change easier to handle is going to take effort, sure. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing! Too many people fall into that trap, so don’t let yourself be one of those stuck in a grind.