How To Get Yourself Out Of The Unemployment Rut

After months of seeking out employment and unable to land a position or even an interview, many of the unemployed get into a rut, a point in time where they find it hard to wake up in the morning, perform daily chores or even complete the most important task at hand: searching for work.

This kind of rut often ends up hurting a person’s employment prospects because it’s apparent that they are dismayed, depressed, defeated and disenfranchised with their own lives. It’s certainly a difficult time to be unemployed, especially in today’s economy and a labor market that has the lowest workforce participation rate in nearly four decades.

Of course, it’s always easier said than done, but it’s imperative for an out of work individual to remain positive, upbeat and hopeful that their luck will turn around and believe that the days of wine and roses will return yet again.

If this long-term jobless situation is more than you can handle and your job search has been less than thrilling then consider looking into these five methods to get yourself out of the unemployment rut:


Our daily activities and nutritional habits are important elements to maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. Think about ditching the chips and soda and instead look into drinking plenty of water, consume a lot of fruits and vegetables and drop meat from your weekly meals at least once. As soon you begin to eat healthy, your spirits will be lifted and you’ll be encouraged to look for work.


Think about it, the one advantage you have right now is time, something that those who work full-time do not. This means that you have the time and energy to exercise, whether it’s going for a jog, taking a swim at a public pool, performing yoga moves or playing sports. A paucity of exercise is a ubiquitous trait that many share, but it’s a characteristic that diminishes our health. If you exercise you’ll be happier and fulfilled.


A personal journey is differently defined depending on who you ask. If you have been unemployed for a long period of time and your methods aren’t necessarily working then consider going on a journey. A journey can be hiking for a weekend, taking a trip to your old home town to find out who you are again or reconnecting with your roots (your culture). This can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul and help solve the riddles of your career.

Back to school

For millions of students right now, the time to return to the classroom is being frowned upon. For you, it may be time to consider going back to school and learning a new skill, attaining new knowledge or upgrading your current set of proficiencies. The global economy is constantly changing and your expertise has to match what employers are looking for today. Going to school may help brighten your prospects.

A new career

Starting a new career is quite the challenge. Let’s face it: you spent many years and a lot of money getting you where you are today so beginning anew is hard. However, it doesn’t have to be as long as you think of it as just another exciting learning curve. A new career can be anything: starting a business, becoming a professional freelancer or entering a new field.

In an asphalt jungle where we are always looking to attain more wealth and more assets, we forget about things that really matter: self-worth, career fulfillment, appreciation and gratefulness and happiness. Although it’s awful to be jobless, it’s also a brief vacation from the hustle and bustle of the corporate workforce that allows you to discover what’s really important to you.

How did you get out of the unemployment rut? Let us know in the comment section!


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