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Risks to manage while looking for a job

Lack of money is the greatest risk for the job seeker. Here are our tips to prevent this from happening and to reduce the other risks of your job inactivity.

Financial risk

Fear of financial fiasco may make you want to cut your search short and take the first job that comes along. No one wants to lose their financial independence, a guarantee of freedom and dignity. But that’s no reason to give up looking for the job that really suits you. You may want to consider taking a temporary assignment, a short replacement, or part-time or seasonal work in the meantime. Also, there is no harm in using social assistance for a short period of time if you get “ au bout ” from your EI benefits.

The risk of idleness

Your days are long. You take three naps a day. You have fallen into the trap of idleness and depression, which will affect your personality and make you less attractive to future employers. Even if your job search doesn’t keep you busy full-time, you need to fill out your agenda so that you don’t fall into the abyss. Take the opportunity to complete personal projects, to learn a new language, to read books related to your field, to participate in training or to volunteer. You could gain new skills to add to your CV !

The risk of looking bad

The world of employment remains a world of convenience, where your inactivity may be harshly judged. When someone asks you why you are unemployed, don’t get into a tearful monologue. Tell what you learn from it as a positive lesson, and be diplomatic when explaining the reasons for your previous dismissal, sparing your interlocutors from your surly analyses.

The risk of outdated references

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Your former boss has quit his job and is no longer easily reachable. You are also afraid that after all this time, the people you used to refer to from your previous jobs will no longer be interested in recommending you. You are afraid that your contacts in your environment will gradually disappear. Don’t panic: pick up the phone and keep your former bosses up to date on your career path, to prepare them to say a few good words about you again to potential recruiters. Don’t be shy, they’ll probably be happy to hear from you. And don’t hesitate to show up at your professional association’s happy hour, even if you’re momentarily unemployed. Networking with colleagues is the best way to stay in the loop.

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