Make Moments Count: Using Your Free Time Wisely

Fall is not far off (even though it doesn’t feel like it right now!), and the time of year when festivities and fun usually begin is upon us. Halloween will be looming on the calendar, closely followed by Thanksgiving and then, suddenly, it’s Christmas! If you are currently unemployed though, you might be wondering “what’s next?” for you and your family. Seeing what would be your holiday traditions coming up on the calendar, and knowing you are in a much different place this year than last year, is certainly hard. The waiting game of searching for a new position can seem endless, especially now that many people are seeking new employment, kids are back in school in a variety of ways, and you’re left staring at reminders that time is passing and you still don’t have a job.

PHR Staffing Solutions’ goal is to find the position that is perfect for each applicant that comes through our door. Unfortunately though, that isn’t always an “instant” fix. Sometimes it can take a little time to get through paperwork, applications and interviews, and jump through various hoops that are specific to each opening. So, while you wait, what can you do?

Here are some ways to stay productive and busy until you are back in the work force:

Hustle at Home. Use your days at home, while you aren’t in an office or dealing with seasonal and holiday busyness, to get your house ready for when you do have a job taking up your time each day. Take care of jobs you might not have time to do during your routine cleaning checklist, like exterior window washing, cleaning out and organizing closets, or wiping down baseboards. By getting rid of clutter, and having your environment clean and tidy, you’ll be better prepared when employment comes knocking on your door. Another perk? You’re sanitizing your space as you go, AND making it easier to put up holiday decor when the time comes.

Get Fit. There is no better way to use your “free” time than by taking care of YOU. Use this waiting period of job searching to make time for exercise. Physical exercise helps with stress, helps you clear your head, and has a plethora of health benefits including boosting your immune system, lower blood pressure, weight loss, and improved heart rate. Walking, running, biking, swimming, yoga…whatever form of exercise you choose, being fit will definitely help with making you more successful in whatever you do, especially when jumping into a new career! 

Give Back. Volunteering is a great way to spend your days when unemployed, and it allows you to give back of your time even when you can’t financially give to programs. It can also benefit your resume. Look for volunteer opportunities with lots of community connections, or volunteer in the field which you would like to pursue for your career. Not only can it aid in you finding permanent employment, but it is also a rewarding way to use your time for the greater good of others in your area. Food banks, clothing drives, relief programs, shelters, etc. are all great ways to give back to your community while you have some extra time on your hands, and they will need lots of extra support as they slowly reopen to serve our communities.

Reinvent Yourself…or At Least Your Hobbies. Take your time to learn a new skill! Sewing, knitting, cooking, crafting, painting, singing, sports, and more can help you stay occupied and mentally active while waiting for the perfect job to present itself. We’ve heard of many people doing this during this year’s events, and people are realizing they have hidden talents for all kinds of things, from bread-baking to flower gardening. You never know when skills like these could come in handy, so why not use your free time to dabble in them and learn what talents might be hiding below the surface?

As you wait, let us do the hard work that comes with job hunting for you. PHR Staffing Solutions takes care of the searches, applications, interviews, and more to make sure you find the best job for YOU in as little time as possible. We work closely with you and local employers to provide top-quality results all the way around. Give us a call to get started or apply online!