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5 Tips to Becoming an Unemployed Professional

August 2, 2009

Just like you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl, taking the job away from a professional doesn’t mean the profession goes away, too. 

Becoming unemployed does not mean you check your profession at the door on the way out.  Don’t focus so much on finding a job that you lose your hold on your profession in the process.  These tips will help keep the keep the profession in the professional:

  1.  Keep up with your field. Read professional journals, visit professional websites, and join and contribute to professional groups on LinkedIn and other networks.
  2. Use business cards that state your name, profession, and contact information.  Vistaprint offers a free box of 250 (S&H extra) with a variety of templates.
  3. Volunteer your professional services to non-profits.  This is a way of networking as a professional rather than as just someone in the job market.
  4. Make sure you don’t limit your networking to job-hunting groups only. Interact with the employed, too, even if it’s outside of your professional.
  5. Most importantly, identify yourself by your profession, not by your job status. There’s a perceptual difference between, “I am unemployed” and “I am a (enter profession) currently in the job market.” 

 Changing careers?  The same tips apply.  Keep up with your new profession, declare it on business cards, and network and identify with your new profession.

 Unemployment is a temporary state, but your profession will continue on as a source of value, esteem, and identity – embrace it.

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