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Unemployment Tips: Reignite Your Passion

Unemployment Tips: Reignite Your Passion

Find what brings you joy

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Jobs across America have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2020, 21 million Americans are currently unemployed. If you’ve been furloughed or laid off due to coronavirus, you might be wondering what to do next. But every storm has a rainbow. 

Use this newfound time to reignite your passion. Rediscover childhood wonders and give yourself the space to pick up new hobbies and explore new avenues. It might even lead to you landing your dream job.

Rediscover your purpose

Rediscover your purpose

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When you’re unemployed, you might find yourself focusing on the negative aspects of your previous positions, like the constant burnout or the long commute. Instead, focus on what led you to your career in the first place. According to Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, transformational leaders are able to draw energy from their big dreams or the higher purpose behind their work.

Think about your strengths

Think about your strengths

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Consider the skills you’ve mastered and the characteristics that make you undeniably you. If you’ve taken the time to master a skill that gives you confidence or brings you fulfillment when you use it, that skill might be tied directly to your passion.

Pull from your childhood

Pull from your childhood

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A childhood hobby can change your adult life. As we age, we often forget what enthralled us as children. Try writing down what you loved to do as a child — whether it was singing songs or playing a sport — and rediscover what you once could spend hours doing. Connect it to what you could do today.

Take notice of the best part of your day

Take notice of the best part of your day

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With more time on your hands, you might find yourself spending more time decluttering your space or joining in virtual workout sessions. Take notice of those special moments and evaluate what activities make you feel upbeat and engaged. Paying attention to your daily highpoints and looking for patterns will bring you closer to your passion.

Pay attention to the details

Pay attention to the details

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Once you’ve noted the activities that bring you joy, explore the details to see what exactly it is about the activity that energizes you. If the peak of your day is cooking dinner, what is it about this venture that makes you happy? Is it the precision of following a recipe, the creativity of adding your own unexpected ingredients or the satisfaction of serving your food to friends and family? Exploring the details will help you determine what motivates you and can help you narrow down job opportunities to those that include these aspects.

Join a club or organization

Join a club or organization

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Get involved in clubs or organizations or volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about. The more involved you become, the more likely it’ll be that you discover potential career paths and opportunities within that field.

Make a list of your accomplishments

Make a list of your accomplishments

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Building a resume might sound like a tedious task, but listing your accomplishments can instill confidence and shine a light on the successes in your past you might have forgotten. Listing your achieved goals — especially the goals that brought you the most joy — can help you reevaluate your priorities and set you on the path of focusing on what you love.

Note where you spend your time and money

Note where you spend your time and money

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If you’re currently unemployed, you’re probably trying to find smart ways to budget and save money. But every once in a while, you might find yourself splurging on an item that’s special to you. When trying to reignite your passion, note where you’re spending your time and money. Our resources are often redirected to things that are meaningful to us. Noticing where you’re focusing your time and money can give you more insight into what truly thrills you.

Consider your favorite conversation starters

Consider your favorite conversation starters

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Whether you’re a history buff or a cinephile, there’s usually a topic that can fill you with joy when you get to discuss it at great lengths. Chances are, the topics you love talking about most are the ones most aligned with your passion. The same goes for listening. If you find yourself listening to the best food and cooking podcasts, for example, professions related to the culinary arts might be where your passions lie.

Unplug for a day

Unplug for a day

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Unplug from your virtual life and spend a day with yourself. It’s easy to spend all day on your cellphone or to get lost in the world of social media admiring the accomplishments of others. Log out of the hustle and bustle of the world and reconnect with yourself. Give your body and mind a much-needed rest to unwind and recharge.

Don’t let a lack of experience stop you

Don’t let a lack of experience stop you

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If you discover a hobby or field you’d like to explore but know nothing about, don’t let it deter you. Although you might not immediately see the correlation, the skills you’ve mastered in previous positions could actually connect to your new passion.

Step outside of your comfort zone

Step outside of your comfort zone

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Don’t limit your passions to what falls within your comfort zone. Become comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you’re re-entering the workforce and searching for new beginnings, don’t fall into an old field or position just because you know it. Explore new and fun opportunities to fulfill your passion.

Explore new career paths

Explore new career paths

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Aging myths might try to convince you that when you reach a certain age, it’s too late to choose a new career, but it’s never too late to explore new opportunities. Research career paths and read job descriptions to find opportunities that call to you. Learn about the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. and explore the jobs that are declining to see if your passion is within a thriving industry.

Connect with your community

Connect with your community

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Connect with colleagues, coworkers and leaders within the fields you’re interested in. Ask for informational interviews and arrange coffee meetings with industry leaders who can give you an inside look into the functionality of a career you’re interested in.

Try job shadowing

Try job shadowing

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As offices begin to reopen, employers are returning back to their day-to-day routine. Once you find a leader in a career field you’re interested in, ask if you can shadow them for a day. Learn what a day in the life is like in the field you’re passionate about. If it turns out you don’t like the job or it wasn’t what you expected, switch courses and search for something new.

Once you find your passion, do it consistently

Once you find your passion, do it consistently

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Whatever your passion may be, find a way to do it at least one day a week. Not only will you be incorporating what you love into your everyday life, but you’ll make yourself happier too. Achieving a goal and doing something new have both been proven to boost your happiness hormones.

Don’t focus on the money

Don’t focus on the money

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Just because your passion isn’t one of the highest-paying jobs doesn’t mean you should turn your back on it. Finding work you’re passionate about will ultimately make life and work more enjoyable. The payoff of a satisfying career trumps a bigger salary.

Focus on you

Focus on you

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Once you discover a skill you’re passionate about, find a way to dedicate yourself wholeheartedly to it. Make your passion an obligation by establishing a routine or adding it to your daily schedule. Communicate with your partner that you need an allotted amount of time to focus on that task or schedule time between your children’s busy schedule to block out the world to focus on you.

Don’t wait, create

Don’t wait, create

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Starting a business might sound tricky, but even the world’s biggest businesses had to start somewhere. If you’re a writer, start a blog. If you love crafting, take steps to turn your hobby into a small business. Don’t sit idly by waiting for the opportunities you care about to become available — start the process yourself.

Keep learning

Keep learning

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According to Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, the smartest and most effective leaders are also lifelong learners. Taking the time to learn new things will expose you to potential new careers as well as fun new skills you might have never known existed. There are also plenty of cool online classes you can take right now to continue learning and growing. 

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