By Nitin Aggarwal
Everything from how you manage your time and resources will help determine whether this layoff is a temporary setback or a potentially long-term hardship. It’s OK to catch your breath and even take some time off from everything, but then you must get going.
Here are 6 ways to deal with unemployment:
1. Get your head on straight.
Unemployment is not some terminal disease, but merely a temporary setback. Keeping a positive attitude and your energy levels high can dramatically improve your mood and help you move ahead. While family and friends can help, what you really need right now is a job-hunting support group where you can find great advice and motivation. You can register yourself on various job portals over the internet. Job-Hunt.com is a good place to start. Just remember, keeping a cool head and not panicking will help you in thinking straight and getting out of your problem fast.
2. Dust off your resume and polish your interviewing skills
If you’ve been suddenly laid off and found yourself looking for work after being employed for a long period of time, it’s likely your resume could use some professional brushing. Take the time to review it carefully and update it with the latest details, including a section of features and benefits, tailored to each job you apply for. Carefully highlight skills that match the job requirements as listed in the ad. Create a section at the top of your resume and list all the skills that are important to each specific job.
3. Start your job search.
Make a plan. Get up early, freshen yourself and start your job quest. Research new companies and start polishing your resume and cover letter. You can check employment newspapers and internet for new job opportunities. Having a plan keeps you moving ahead and maintains your sense of dignity and direction.
4. Apply for unemployment benefits.
You won’t believe how many people fail to apply for unemployment aid. Some worry that it will affect their credit or that unemployment benefits are some sort of welfare, which is false in both cases. The sooner you apply, the faster you’ll get your first check.
5. Track your spending.
Keep track of everything you spend, at least for now. Manage your resources carefully until you get back on your feet. Some ways to do that include the simple notebook and pencil that you can take with you everywhere or personal finance software which can be found online for free.
6. Consider volunteering.
You’ve lost your job, you’re down and you’re trying to find another paycheck. Who needs to waste time with free work? You do. A volunteer job can give you a sense of purpose and value and also remind you that there are many others in a worse place than yours. It can make you feel better about yourself and you never know who you’re going to meet that’s going to help you find your next job.
Sudden unemployment is not only about losing your regular income, but it may hurt your feelings. The best way to get over this setback is to put yourself back in the job market as soon as you can. You never really know which action is going to land you the next job, but not doing anything will get you nowhere.
Nitin Aggarwal started the company Offshore Ally a few years ago. It is one of the leading providers of quality virtual assistant and link building services. He is also an avid blogger and tech geek. Connect with him via Twitter.
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