Those who are unemployed certainly undergo one life’s most traumatic experiences. It is a stressful, life-changing event that can lead to negative, physical, and emotional consequences, jeopardizing financial security, erode the sense of identity, and cause family relationships to deteriorate. So know you’re faced with the biggest challenge and most important job for the unemployed is taking care of oneself. Here are some suggestions to offer assistance and reassurance during times of transition.
Develop a realistic financial plan for these times of limited financial resources and carefully assess income and expenses. Cut corners where needed, rely on savings, pick up a part-time job to cover essential bills, etc. There are Counselors that can help to assess the financial severity of the situation, as some will have greater flexibility with money and time than others. Look around the community and find worthwhile opportunities to use your skills and talents. This may be a way to gain new skills, engage in networking, and keep you active and energized.
Encourage your self to seek new job skills not only related to their field, but also skills that will diversify their abilities, enhance your professional marketability, and lead to personal growth. If taking formal classes or seminars is not an option, this can be done inexpensively through self-paced reading, online tools, and resources at your local library. These are some suggested actions that can help the unemployed cope with the uncertainties of transition, and more productively utilize personal time in moving towards a better future. Although it is common for many people to feel as if they might be unemployed forever, in actuality most people find jobs relatively soon. Hopefully these suggestions offer some hints to help us and to cope with unemployment while conducting a job search. The CareerOneStop center offers free resources on information on degree programs, specialty training opportunities, financial aid, certification and accreditation, and licensing for the various states. It also includes career information and links it to education and training plans. There are links to additional training and education information and articles on how to ensure the quality of the training before signing up for a program. The Training and Education Center is part of America’s Career Info net, a subsection of CareerOneStop.