how to deal with unemployment

2010 as many of us may know was still a pretty rough year for the economy. Many individuals were laid off or lost their jobs completely.  Now beginning a new year, many are still unemployed and are unable to find a good job to support themselves or their family. Hopefully we will see a change this year allowing more jobs to become available.

What if you are still unemployed?  You may be thinking “how can I get through this without being pessimistic?”

As I mentioned in a previous post about possibly working from home, this may be an ideal option if you are currently unemployed and your hopes are still high.  At this rate some income is better than none right?  At least if you get something small you can still search for the right full time or part time job for you.

Maybe you are at the opposite end of the spectrum and your hopes or no longer high but have gradually faded.  Your job search seems like it has hit a wall and you are stuck and completely frustrated.  Don’t despair, I recently read a fabulous article by Charlotte B. over at Helium.  She gives some pretty solid advice about dealing with unemployment that I would briefly like to share with you.

5 Tips for dealing with unemployment

  1. Don’t give up hope, continue searching!  As soon as you find yourself unemployed don’t sit back and wait for the right job.  You have to take the initiative to stay positive and keep searching.  Check out this job loss checklist over at About.
  2. Prioritize your bills and live within or below your means.  Don’t go out and spend money you no longer have, this will just land you into debt troubles etc.  Here are some excellent tips over at Mark and Angel.
  3. Be job ready!  Get your resume and portfolio updated as soon as possible so that you can start submitting with job applications ASAP.  Go to job ready training for information.
  4. Don’t be unrealistic.  Don’t apply for jobs that you are not qualified to do.  If you want to change careers then consider returning to school and apply for financial aid in the process.  Don’t do this until you find a job that you are accustomed to in the mean time.  Check out Olivia Busta for her article on unrealistic job expectations.
  5. Take time out for yourself.  Even though you may not have any money to splurge on yourself, think about joining a club or be a volunteer for an organization.  Staying proactive will also help you stay motivated instead of becoming a jobless couch potato.

Hopefully, if you are currently unemployed these tips will give you some sort of encouragement.  Don’t give up hope.  You may have to forego a job you are qualified to do for a job you never considered applying for like working at a fast food restaurant until you do find the right job for you.  Hey, it’s an honest living right?  And there is no shame in that whatsoever.  It’s definitely a humbling experience when you find yourself taking a step backwards in your career goals.  This definitely doesn’t make you any less of a person and don’t pay any attention to those who may look down on you for your choices.  You have to do what is best for you and your family.  Keep pressing on and in the end it will work out for you.

Are you currently dealing with unemployment?  How are you dealing and what steps have you taken to find a job?  Please share your story with us, we would love to hear from you.

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