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5 Ways to Be Extremely Productive Even If You Are Unemployed

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5 Ways to Be Extremely Productive Even If You Are Unemployed

A man is measured by what he does with his time. It’s quite possible to hit a rough patch in life and enter a period when you can’t find a job that can pay the bills. Nobody in their mid-twenties wants to live with their parents, but the truth is that if you put your mind to it, you can acquire a set of skills that will definitely land you a job. We live in the age of information and if you have an internet connection, ignorance is basically a conscious choice.

Almost anything you want to do today has a tutorial online. In other words, by fully devoting yourself to mastering a new skill, you can easily become proficient in a new field after only a year. So, here are some approaches you can take while unemployed, and build yourself a better future.

1. Learning WordPress

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    With the arrival of online shopping, and with crowdfunding as a source of financing, the number of small business owners and startups has skyrocketed in the past decade. Any newly fledged business owner is going to need one thing, and that is a website. Most of these websites are WordPress sites, which means knowing WordPress will not only get you a short term job of creating a website, but also they will need someone to update it and maintain it.

    Of course, learning WordPress without any previous knowledge of coding can be daunting, but believe it or not, it’s not that hard. You can go through video tutorials, take one step at a time, and with every small victory you’ll build up your confidence. Here’s another great website for WordPress beginners where you will learn some additional tricks that are certainly going to come in handy.

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    You’d be surprised just how many web design job offers there are on freelancing platforms, and you can apply any one you want. Just make sure you have a website of your own, to show what you are capable of. Again it may seem like investing a whole year is a lot of time, but this is a pretty safe bet, because it is a skill that definitely won’t go to waste.

    Once you manage to find your way around WordPress, all that remains is to get acquainted with some of its quality themes and plugins, and you’ll be fully equipped to take on any job offer. So, if you are in need of a new hobby, start learning WordPress.

    2. Creating your own website

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      As mentioned, once you learn WordPress you should create your own website as part of your portfolio. However, you do not necessarily need to create a website just to display your skills, as a website is a valuable asset on its own, if you have a specific purpose for it. You can create an interesting content, and become a part of an affiliate program. Meaning that you use your website to sell someone else’s products and get a certain percentage of every sale.

      So, even if you don’t know WordPress, you can invest some of your resources into a website and have an online corner of your own that can generate revenue. If you manage to rank well, and create a high domain website, then you can also earn some cash by putting ads on your site.

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      Think about the topic for your website. Do you want to create a blogging platform, or maybe you want to create videos, or post edited images, basically create engaging content for people to enjoy.

      Your website can either help people or entertain them, the important thing is to have a specific purpose and to live up to it. You will also need to pick a name for a website, which will most likely become your brand name at some point, and quality branding is quite important nowadays. So, do not just pick any name at random, since you need something that people can easily discover, when looking for content that is on your website.

      Another thing to look out for when creating a website is getting a quality web hosting services. Web Hosting and website’s code complexity influence its loading speed. If your site needs more than 5 seconds to load a single page, then visitors are very likely to leave without giving it a chance.

      3. Start a blogging career

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        Another profitable hobby is to become a blogger or a video blogger. This is relatively easy to pull off, but becoming an influential blogger is an entirely different thing. If you want to be become a minor online celebrity, it needs to become your full-time job, and just re-writing or spinning other content you’ve read online won’t cut it.

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        Your posts and content you create needs to exceed what can be currently found on the Internet. This is called 10X content, and the name suggests that it needs to be 10 times better than existing content on the same topic. It’s something that’s really hard to create, and it’s very time consuming, but it is definitely worth it.

        If you only want to blog for the sake of blogging you’ll get stuck in the sea of other bloggers. Even just being a common blogger has its perks, but not as many as being an online influencer. Also it would be good to go through some writing tips for blogging, so that you can create articles that are easy to read and engaging for the audience. It’s also good to remember to use quality pictures or infographics to demonstrate your point, use videos and links as additional reading material.

        If you are good at blogging, you can even earn money by writing for paying platforms. Again most of these platforms are after the aforementioned 10X content, but at least this way you’ll secure some income for all that hard work, but on the downside, instead of putting that content on your website you give it to someone else.

        4. Become a freelancer

        If you do not have a job, then there is nothing stopping you from becoming a freelancer. You can be freelance writer, graphic designer, or web designer. There are also jobs for those who are skilled at sound, picture or video editing. However, even as a freelancer, you’ll need to look professional if you are to land a job.

        So, if you have a blogging portfolio, or a website that is certainly going to increase your chances significantly. Also, you should make a deviantart account to present your graphic design skills, and as far as video and sound editing goes, you can go with a YouTube account.

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        As far as freelancing platforms go, you can create an UpWork account, and make sure your profile is fully filled out. You can also do some test related to line of work, you have selected as your field of expertise, in order for potential job owners to see that you are legit.

        5. Learn new skills

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          Lastly, you can learn some new skills in general that do not require you to sit behind a desk all day, like coding, writing, or drawing. There are ways to earn enough money as a handy-man, since there are also job platforms for those tasks as well. Again you can also learn by watching tutorials, and you’ll have a skill set that will always be useful, and you won’t have to feel like you are unproductive.

          If you become a skillful craftsman, you can both repair and create items. You can become a DIY expert and create decorations and furniture that you can sell online on eBay or etsy. For example there are a ton of DIY pallet projects that are quite easy to pull off, but look amazing at the same time.

          Even these skills can work in synergy with the previously mentioned tips, because you can create video tutorials of how to create furniture or accessories, or how to make some common repairs at home. Just make sure you have a quality camera and start recording.

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          As you can see all is not lost, there are various ways to be productive, even if you can’t get a job. This is a great coping mechanism if you are feeling depressed, because every project you complete fills you with a sense of achievement and builds up your confidence. In other words, get to work and start conquering new heights. Besides, when you are employed you get focused on one thing, but this way you can be a jack of all traits, which is significantly better, and you will feel much more accomplished.

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          Last Updated on August 25, 2021

          Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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          Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

          As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

          Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

          According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

          “Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

          A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

          What Is Your Personal Brand?

          “Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

          Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

          Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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          I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

          A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

          Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

          Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

          Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

          In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

          According to Castrillon,[2]

          “One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

          The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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          As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

          In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

          “if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

          When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

          The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

          Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

          The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

          5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

          These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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          1. Set Your Personal Goals

          What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

          2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

          Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

          1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
          2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
          3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
          4. What makes you different from others like you?

          The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

          3. Write Your Professional Story

          Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

          4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

          Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

          5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

          A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

          The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

          Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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          As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

          Other People’s Stories

          Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

          Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

          Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

          “your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

          So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

          Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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