You must be out of work!
Having applied for every job on the web and heard nothing (OK, maybe a few nibbles that fizzled out), you have nothing to do all day just at the time when you need to be full-on job seeking.
So how do you keep your morale up? How do you keep your sparkle so that when you do get invited for an interview, you can still show the recruiter the old you?
An easy solution is to take a training course closely related to the type of work you’re looking for.
For example, an Excel course, a Microsoft Word course or learning to touch type.
It’s not just that these skills will help you compete for jobs, but the learning experience makes you feel as if you are moving forward.
Couple that with the fact that you’re out there in the world, mixing with other people and it’s easy to see how learning can have a positive effect on your self-esteem.
But if you’re using learning as a way to stay chipper, it’s important to study in the right environment with the right kinds of classmates. You don’t want to be in some cold and draughty college with people who don’t want to be there.
If you can afford it (I know, it’s tough when you’re out of work), go somewhere posher, like Pitman Training in London’s Notting Hill and Holborn or Manchester or Croydon.
They’ve created a training environment that looks and feels like an office and because students have to pay for their courses, they tend to be highly motivated. It doesn’t hurt, either, that these Pitman Training centres have jobs boards for their students, sometimes featuring unadvertised vacancies that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
Although they are best known for secretarial courses, PA training and bookkeeping courses, they teach pretty much everything you would need to know about office work, including typing, MS Office, Sage Line 50 and lots of other IT-related subjects.
It’s worth visiting them, even if you can’t afford a course, as a discussion with one of their advisors can be highly motivational at a time when your spirits start to droop.
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