Cope With Unemployment

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Unemployment is a situation the vast majority of people dread. Having to tell people such as relatives, friends and aquaintances about your jobless status can be shameful and embarrassing. Here are some ways to eliminate the stigma.

Start looking for a job on the Internet. Do this as soon as you are fired, laid off or you just plain quit your job for some reason. Nowadays, it is best looking for a job on the Net obviously for convenience. There are many job hunting websites on offer such as Monster (www.monster.com), Seek (www.seek.com.au)[If you live in Australia] and so on. Most websites give you the option to create an online resume. Do this if you don't already have one.
Register your details with a temp recruitment agency. There are many to choose from, such as Adecco, Manpower, Julia Ross etc. Usually you will have to have your resume handy and turn up to their offices to fill in the paperwork. Oftentimes these temp agencies post jobs that lead to permanency; as well as part-time, contract and casual roles.
Maintain discipline in relation to your job hunting. This requires having a daily routine very similar to when you were working. For those that have never worked before, this means to wake up early in the morning (5:30am - 7:30am) and taking a a quick shower and breakfast at scheduled times. Not having to get up and go to work in the morning at a set time is one of the advantages of unemployment, but if you are not organised, you will become discouraged and sloppy in your job-seeking.
Apply for welfare relief as soon as possible. Do this if you have little or no money left in your bank account/s. However, you should be aware that this may not be available in many countries, especially developing ones. But for those that do, receiving welfare payments (not that big anyway) will greatly help you in regards to everyday expenses such as food, utilities and rent as well as travel expenses such as if you have to go to a job interview.
Be very thrifty with your money. Do NOT spend money on unnecessary purchases such as computer games, DVD's, expensive food, alcohol or anything else that will ultimately turn you in to a lazy bum. Basically you should remove non-essential shopping from your budget until you find a steady job.
Find entertainment once in a while or else complete boredom will set in. When at home, watch TV or play video games once you have completed your set routine of job-seeking. Outside of home, be aware of the free/cheap options available to you. These would include going to the cinemas, walking around a park and walking the dog (if you have one).
Do some physical exercise. Sit-ups, push-ups, barbell curls, stretches, and running/jogging will make you more motivated as well as keeping you in good shape.
Maintain contacts with friends and family members. They may help you look for a job and give you guidance. Most of all, communicating with people you know once in a while will help you keep your sanity.

Don't feel sorry for yourself. This will make the people you know perceive you as insecure and having low self-esteem.
Be yourself and hold your head high. Besides, there are many out there who are unemployed and have a similar situation as you.

Do not drink alcohol. Do so only at friend's parties and social occasions on the weekend.
Don't sleep too late

2 comments:

Ray said...

Despite the stats, I still see high paying jobs posted on employment sites -

www.linkedin.com (networking)
www.indeed.com (aggregated listings)
www.realmatch.com (matches you to jobs)

good luck to all those searching for jobs.

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