A while back, I wrote an article that I affectionately refer to as the “job hunter’s survival guide.” One of the things I mention in the article is to “keep busy.” In my current state of unemployment, I’ve discovered that I’m busier than I ever thought I would be.
First, there’s the job hunt itself. I’ve often told people that “looking for a job is a full-time job.” I have yet to disprove that theory. My work days have been spent working on my resume, applying to positions, touching base with my networking contacts, interviewing, taking assessment exams, following up on leads and applications, and so on. That makes for a lot of work, and it makes up a good chunk of my working hours.
Second, there are a number of things with which I’m involved. I’ve said before that getting involved is a good thing for multiple reasons. Since my former employer and I parted ways, I’ve been to two SQL Saturdays (including one in which I presented), and am scheduled to present at a third one in July. I’ve rehearsed with my wind quintet. I’m involved with my local SQL user group. I work out at the gym. I also have a number of things with other groups (such as one of my alumni groups) that I need to address.
Third, even staying at home doesn’t offer a break from my to-do list. Household chores need to be addressed — I have a long list of items around the house. We have two cats that want attention. Those of you who are homeowners understand the struggle. When you own a house, there’s never a shortage of things to do.
For someone like me, I’m finding a few other things to keep me busy. If you’re reading this article, you’re looking at one of those things. A writer — even a ‘blog author — always has something to do if he or she has something to write about. I also have some presentation ideas that I want to develop; hopefully, you’ll see them soon at a SQL Saturday near you. In doing so, I’m looking for more opportunities to learn new things and keep myself up-to-date.
Staying busy is a good thing; you don’t want to be idle. If a prospective employer asks what you did during your downtime, you can list all these things you did to keep yourself busy. When you’re in the job market, small things like this can give you an edge.