I’ve been thinking a lot about productivity. How it means a whole lot more than it has come to represent, at least from a broad economic sense. Economically, productivity is getting more for less. Put less resources in, but get more end result. Increase productivity.
It would seem from that definition that the time between jobs would not be productive. But I don’t think that is true. There is so much that is done, can be done every day that can be considered productive. And feeling productive makes a person feel valued, and we all want to both feel valued and feel like we are providing value.
Learning is valuable and productive. There is so much that a person in job search could learn, and so many places to go to learn.
Sharing what you have learned with others is definitely valuable and productive. There is so much that a person in job search could learn that it isn’t possible to learn it all yourself. Sharing knowledge makes it more possible.
Helping somewhere, almost anywhere is valuable and productive. Plenty of places could use a bit of help.
I found quite a few ways to feel productive during my search. I went to my library to learn about current information and trends in job search and took classes toward a certificate. I joined a couple of job search groups where I could share information and get support. I created a presentation and gave it. I joined Toastmasters.
There are countless ways to be productive, to provide value. It takes a bit of concentrated thought to start being aware of all of them. Asking others questions to find out what they do to be productive is a way to start.
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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