With today's ever unsteady and possibly declining economy, the days where you would work the same job for forty years like your parents are long gone. While the thought of unemployment utterly scares people, there are a lot of things you can do to deal with it. Do not be ashamed of it, you are definitely not alone. Whether you are laid off, fired, or quit there are many people in your same boat. They think that without a job right away they will sink under the water.
There are a lot of different things you can do to help you get another job and fight off the worry that you will never find one. When you find yourself unemployed, try some of these things.
Visit the Unemployment Office
The first thing you should do when you are unemployed is take a trip down to your local unemployment office. If you were laid off or fired, they may even have a little money for you to help keep you afloat while you look for another job. If you quit, they still might have a little bit of money for you, but it is harder to collect. The unemployment office can help you rewrite your resume for a new job and may even be able to find you a new one.
The unemployment office is not always the answer to getting a new job, but sometimes it can help. Going down there and standing in the long line is also a really good way to show you how not alone you really are.
Check Your Finances
While you are looking for a new job, you should assess your finances. If you have an employed spouse or savings, you need to make sure you have enough to live on until you find a new job. Cut off all the fat you possibly can. Instead of a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs every day, try buying cereal in bulk and making it last.
Cancel your cable, cut down on the amount of meat you eat for dinner (meat is expensive), maybe even see if you can get a part time job if things are getting desperate. Your internet plan is the last thing you should cancel, the internet is one of your best options when it comes to job searching in the modern world. If you do have to cancel on it, head down to your local library and apply for jobs online using their internet.
Update Your Resume
If you did not go to the unemployment option, or chose not to let them help you with your resume, when you become unemployed it is time to update it. Include all skills and education you have earned and make sure you add all the things you learned from your previous job. You should never lie on a resume, but puffing yourself within reason is generally seen as acceptable.
When applying for a specific job, you should tweak your resume to include words they put in the job description. If they are looking for someone "team oriented" or a "self starter" be sure to sneak those in there some place.
You may somehow be ashamed that you are unemployed and thus you want to keep it to yourself, however that is the last thing you should do. Let everyone know, let your family know, let your friends know. Networking is one of the best ways to find a new job. Maybe your friend has an opening at the company they work for that they can refer you for. If your friends might have some jobs for you, get them a copy of your resume that they can show to people. Everyone has been in your position at some point and they know how important getting a new job can be.
An alternate form of networking is to volunteer somewhere in your new found free time. You meet a lot of new people when you volunteer somewhere and some of them may be able to help you find a new job. Plus, volunteering is something you can put on your resume to make you look better.
Make sure you also stay in touch with your previous coworkers or boss from your old job, especially if you were laid off. If they decide to hire again, it is more likely you will be rehired first if you have stayed in touch with them. Those that do not keep in touch are less likely to be first in the person's mind when this happens.
Now that you do not have to wake up at 6 AM and get to work by 8 AM, take some time to yourself in between job searches. It takes time for companies to assess your resume and decide to call you. So you may end up with quite a bit of free time on your hands. take some time to just relax and enjoy not having to wake up early and work all day. Use this as a time to reassess your career choices as well. Maybe you do not want another job as an accountant or staring at a computer screen all day.
Take a walk, enjoy your morning coffee, play with your kids or dog. Just take some time to enjoy your life in this hopefully brief vacation. Maybe even use this free time to start an exercise program at home. Most companies will admit that they are more likely to hire a person in decent physical shape over one in poor physical shape since this will mean they are less likely to develop health problems which will require days off to visit the doctor.
If you sink into a depression because your bills are late and you are unemployed, you are likely to lose hope for the future. Things always look grim at first, but every day the sun does rise again. You are not worthless or a loser because you are unemployed. It is just time to move on to the next step in your life.