Turning Unemployment into a New Opportunity

Have you recently been laid-off from work? Panic is probably trying to rear its ugly head and things seem to have hit rock bottom. But this isn’t the end. In fact, it’s best to look at this as a new beginning – an opportunity to better yourself. Who knows, your next job might be the best thing to ever happen to you. So what can you do to get from this point to the next? Here are some tips you can follow to help keep your life moving in the right direction.

Step 1: Check on your Unemployment Benefits

This should be the first thing you take care of. Find out what your options are. The most important thing to do right now is make sure that you have some kind of income still coming in. Also, you might want to look into unemployment insurance. The key is to cover all of your bases so that you have time to search for your next opportunity. If you have an income coming in, then you will be able to find another job that suits you. On the other hand, if you don’t set these things up, then you will feel pressured to find a new job as quickly as possible. The might cause you to take a job that doesn’t suit you. That would be a major step in the wrong direction.

Step 2: Taking Care of Yourself

Now is the time when you need to make sure you are not only taking care of yourself physically, but emotionally as well. Many people allow themselves to get lazy once they start getting unemployment compensation. It’s important that you keep up a normal routine. Treat finding opportunities as if it were your job. Schedule your time so that you’re busy throughout the day. Staying busy is also a great way of taking care of yourself emotionally. Here are some things you can do:

• Search the newspaper for job opportunities                                                                                                                  

• Use the Internet to look for jobs in your Area

• Catch up on your yard work.

• Practice speaking to others. You’re likely to be speaking to numerous job interviewers in the coming days.

Step 3: Finding Other Ways to Make Money

You’re likely to have more free time than when you were working. Since it’s important to stay busy, you can use this time to make some extra money. There are a lot of opportunities to make a little money on the side. One example would finding part time and temp job opportunities on the side. Another great way of making a little extra money is to sell some of the unused stuff lying around your house – things that you don’t use anymore.

Other Tips

Here are some other tips that should help you during this rough time.

• Be sure to keep turning in job applications on a daily basis.

• Volunteering can sometimes lead to great full-time jobs.

• Always stay positive. Job interviewers can spot any negativity and that might work against you.

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