surviving unemployment

An Expert’s Tips on Surviving Unemployment

The unemployment experience is real.

Tough.

Challenging.

I know.

Prior to it, I’d never experienced anything like it.

And, I’ll admit: though I’ve been graced with serenity to face this unemployment challenge, frustration, anxiety, stress, fatigue, self-doubt, and discouragement overwhelmingly creep up sometimes.

What a myriad of emotions, right?

As real as it is, however, when going through an out of work experience, you shouldn’t allow your emotions to overtake you to the point of complete momentum loss. You must fight back against these feelings.

Don’t allow unemployment to bring you down – permanently. You need your energy and strength – especially at a time like this.

Instead, it’s a good time to build up your resilience. Move forward and progress – even in the midst of your difficulty.

Though going through this transition, you must live because life doesn’t stop. The importance of remaining active and productive throughout this time shouldn’t be undervalued.

Surviving Unemployment

Choose to make the most of this experience – while looking forward to your next position. And, there are several ways to do this.

In Next Avenue’s Surviving (and Thriving) After a Layoff, Bart Astor, a Life Transitions Expert, provides 8 ways you can survive this challenging life transition.

An Expert's Tips on Surviving Unemployment. Unsplash Original Photo Courtesy of Amanda Sandlin. Edited by Me.
An Expert’s Tips on Surviving Unemployment.
Unsplash Original Photo Courtesy of Amanda Sandlin. Edited by Me.

I must note Astor’s article is addressed to those workers over 40 and unemployed but is relevant to workers in other age ranges as well.

2 of the 8 ideas presented by Astor (as have been previously discussed here on the blog based on my own experience) include:

Be strategic in looking for new work. Don’t send out dozens of identical resumés – for the most part that’s a futile effort. Instead, write a pitch letter specific to the opportunity and the employer you’re pursuing. Work on the letter with friends and colleagues. As Hannon says: “If you don’t establish a personal connection to the company, it’s probably a waste of time to even fill out the job application.””

Don’t let unemployment get to you. Looking for a job is all about selling yourself. That’s not fun for most of us; after I lost my job, I often said I’d much prefer to sell a product than to sell myself. At least then I wouldn’t feel the personal rejection when I got no response or an outright “No.” So don’t let this period get to you. Easy to say, hard to put into practice. Mostly you’ll get rejections. But you only need one acceptance to get back on track and to lift your spirits.””

From Me to You: You’re aware this transition isn’t easy, but you’re equipped to survive and come out of this experience – regardless of the odds stacks against you.

Check out the link below for the rest of Bart Astor’s suggestions on surviving your jobless experience. I hope the tips provided prove beneficial for you as you move through this stage in your life.

Stay focused!

Bart Astor, Surviving (and Thriving) After a Layoff │ Next Avenue

P. S. How have you been surviving (or have survived) unemployment? I’d love to hear your tips. Please share by leaving a comment below.

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