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Hi everyone, I hope this blog finds you well. Today I want to discuss the issue of unemployment, but with a twist.
I am not new to this issue, because I have experienced unemployment myself, in the early days back in Nigeria, I tried so hard to find work, in other to support myself in school but it was difficult, and very depressing I must admit, but I persevered and continue to strive despite the odds, until I was able to open my fashion outfit in Lagos before moving to Australia. so I know,how it feels trust me, but that's not what I want you to note here today, rather I want you to put your skills to work. I will not glorify the situation by lamenting on the frustration of unemployment, rather i want to share with you ways to turn it around for your own benefit. at this point many of you will ask me , how can I do it? I don't have the means or resources .
Well I can tell you, that sitting at home or anywhere else and complaining about no work isn't going to fix the problem either, so here is what you should be doing.
1. Re-access your goals. figure out what it is you're looking for in your career. do you want to be working for someone or do you have some skill you know you can use to launch your own career, chances are you may be better offer harnessing your skills rather than working for someone, and once you've done that personal assessment, the next thing to do will be to work on your online presence. and here is why.
2. Re- Brand yourself. many of you are looking for work yes, but you're constantly posting nightlife pictures all over social media, even bedroom photos and all that, let me remind you that ninety percent of this digital age employers, will check the online profile of a potential employee before they make a decision on hiring them or not , so if you're thinking of working for someone then you may want to delete any social media post that does not represent professionalism or decency, otherwise you're going to be in the job seeking market for a while.
You may think '' oh it's my life, am going to do what I want '', but ask yourself ? how far has that carefree attitude gotten you, am sure you know the answer, so do what's right for you , clean up your social media profile so potential employers can give you a chance, and hopefully you'll find work. the next thing to do in other to help your case is,
3. Create an online presence/Use social media to your advantage. here is what I mean, if you're someone who has a skill, be it cooking, sewing, hair dressing, carpentry or makeup or any other vocational skill, and you've tried to find work but couldn't, it's time to tap into the social media platform and bring your skills to life. here is how, identity your skill and the right social media platform that can give you the exposure you need, e.g. if you're a makeup artist or you're good with cooking and you're hoping for a career out of it, then youtube and Instagram should be your friend, posting videos of your work on these platforms will bring you some exposure, which can often lead to wide range of career opportunities, if you're into sewing, and you can make beautiful pieces of wearable fashion, then you should find the right social media platform for you, based on the audience you're hoping to attract, the same goes for everyone, no matter what your skills is , there is a social media platform that can help you reach out to the right audience, who will embrace your work and hopefully create a job for you.
Instead of spending all day on social media looking up other people, liking and commenting or simply stalking people, you should use the platform to build your own brand. you don't need to borrow money to start, makeup or cooking or sewing. use your own makeup to create a video for youtube, use your old material at home to sew a purse or skirt and put it online for people to see, or use your kitchen and food in your pantry to cook and create video for your online platform. you can use what ever you have to create something and put it online so people can see your skill, and hopefully you'll make a career out of it. that's my advice .Though it takes time and effort for something to thrive, but nothing good comes easy, so work hard and build yourself up, instead of complaining about not finding work, create work for yourself with the same amount of time and energy you spend on social media looking up other people.Hope you enjoyed todays topic, please join me next week for another interesting time. don't forget to comment and share this blog.Also check out my blogger site for tips on how to achieve your goal.