Posted at 07:00h in Job SeekersThe job market may be recovering, but for the nearly 7 million people in the United States who are unemployed, that might be cold comfort. Even if you are working on your resume, reaching out to contacts, and going on interviews, it can be difficult to stay positive and optimistic. Part of the reason for feeling down if you are unemployed is a lack of control. Without a day-to-day routine of a place to go, a steady paycheck, a work identity, you can begin to feel that you are drifting along with no way to take action. But the truth is, there are a variety of things you can do when you're unemployed to maintain direction, and feel like you're growing professionally, even off the payroll.