Must-Tips for Dealing With Unemployment

Must-Tips for Dealing With Unemployment

Many of you are still in the trenches of looking for a job or attempting to leave a part-time position and get back to working full time. Days and weeks pass by with no result. As time goes on, you begin to feel discouraged and wonder if you will ever find a job that suits your needs and desires. I have been there and it is a dreadful experience. It seems like life is passing you by.

Maintaining good self-esteem during unemployment or underemployment is the number one barrier to overcome to get to the next level. The latest recession has caught so many off-guard without a “parachute” to fall back on. This downturn in our economy came fast and furious while disrupting many lives.

So what can you do to keep positive as you continue to look for work?

Here are some tips:

  • Get a make-over. During this time you want to look your best. It doesn’t cost anything to get your make-up done at a department store. Check out a new hairstyle or buy a few new clothes at H & M to update your look. The point is to feel attractive and fresh.
  • Step up your exercise program to get your endorphins up and your blood flowing; it will ease your depression, along with releasing stress. It doesn’t cost much to exercise. Walk more, buy a yoga mat and stretch and use some bar bells to build your strength. You don’t have to join a health club.
  • Take your vitamins. Eat healthy foods. Stay away from potato chips and heavy sugar and salt items. Eat carrots, chicken and almonds. Add soy or almond milk to your diet. Our chemistry plays a large role on how we feel. If we feel better, we think better and are able to withstand our job search.
  • Make time to laugh. Go see a comedy act. In Chicago there are many. Comedians have a terrific way of making us laugh at ourselves and will make you feel connected. You are not alone in your life. Lighten up and laugh. People like to be around others who are positive.
  • Write down 10 traits that you have that are uniquely yours. We are all special in our own way and you need to capitalize on this to feel better about yourself. Part of the problem when looking for a job is that companies make you feel like you are “all the same.” Of course, you are not, but you need to know how you are different and be able to communicate this.
  • Get out and meet as many people as you can. Make sure to bring your calling cards, so they can contact you. There are umpteen free events in Chicago, so there is no excuse not to get out there and keep meeting people. Networking is the number one source for getting a job. Referrals are coveted by companies.
  • Get in touch with your spiritual side. You need to trust in yourself, so reach out to your higher power and spiritual guides (we all have them).
  • Call a former colleague and meet up. Reminiscing about times when you were employed and successful will remind you of just how special you are.

We all know that being unemployed or underemployed is a challenge, but don’t let it define who you are and what you can offer. Consider it just a short detour on your life’s journey. You will soon be back on the road toward success, just keep at it.

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  • you gotta get up get out get into it get involved!!!!!!!!!

  • Yes, as time goes by for the unemployed, they need to take up hobbies and meet new friends. Here are a few tips to help pass time.....

    1 - Buy a gun and take up a NRA gun class......a 9mm is a good weapon....make sure it is an American made one.....look for the union label......

    2- Buy another gun....say a AK-47......always get one of those in the Englewood area.......just tape a Franklin on your forehead and ask around.......

    3 - Start to meet people who have "skills" of making large heists......unemployed ex-military people or ones from eastern European nations.....with names like Otto, Gruber or Wolfgang are always reliable.

    4 - start staking out financial institutions that take large deposits......like Banks or your local Congressman office.....take notes like how fast a police response can take from the doughnut shop, security systems, etc......

    5 - Buy masks.....ones with Presidents & ex candidates faces are fun to have......but don't have a Michael Dukakis or Hillary mask on, then hostages will not take you serious when the time comes....

    6 - Never let Al Pacino, Bruce Willis or Inspector Jacques Clouseau go track you down.....or those people who give out govt. school loans and want their loans paid back.

    7 - Always look for that one new guy who gets too "greedy".....wants more a share then others......you know the type......A Republican....

    and always remember what I write, hopefully makes you bring some laughter in your life.

  • Saw a Yahoo story about what not to put on your resume anymore.....

    Their suggestions come from the same people who told the unemployed to do a few years ago on what they want off now on the resume ........

    Now they want names & phone numbers of your references.....can I suggest to keep your references to yourself until an employer is serious of hiring you....HR Dept will keep their day busy by calling your ex employers even though they will not hire you.....you don't want to lose your references...,,,,and you don't want the NSA tracking all your connections....

    the want you to tell your salary....no more "open" on your resume.....once again. employers will take the lowest number first, not the best qualified person....ever company has a budget, find out that number first.

    No more phrases on your resume saying your are "loyal", "hard working", "honest".......I have to say I agree on this.....sounds like you are a Dog then a person......

    Looking at Terri suggestions above.....

    Ladies, don't wear too much make-up....and no slit skirts....it is an interview, not a date.......Men, brush your teeth and brush what little hair you have left on your head.....

    Everyone should be at the gym and lay off the McDonald's food crap......can't afford gym?......for all you married couples, more sex......for all you single couples, more sex.......

    Teri said Vitamins.....not excessive illegal drugs.......steamed carrots are good.......but I hate broccoli......yuk.........soy milk!...are you kidding me?

    You will not get any laughs if you went to your in-laws house........watching old Cubs games will make you giggle.....

    Meet people.....like future employers!.......or find a rich partner who can support you.

    Go to church......temple......or wherever you believe you can find peace........talk with God........and if you are Single, you might meet someone you like and want to hit on later when you have money rolling in........

    Calling up old classmates & friends......if you have not seen them over the years, don't bother......if you bump into them, that is different.......or go to class reunions..........what might happens is you are married, you meet an old flame from school, you have an affair, your spouse finds out, divorce, legal bills, lost everything of what little you have left......you are then living in a van down by the river........and writing to Terri about your new problems in life.

  • Cubstalk, interesting spin on my tips! As always entertaining with some truth! I stand by my soy milk; it is good for you! Thanks for sharing.

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