Unemployment: Tragedy Or Opportunity?

Unemployment: Tragedy Or Opportunity?

June 5, 2021 Lotto Ideas

Losing your job is a destabilizing situation that everybody goes through at least once in their life. It’s a period full of emotions, mostly negative ones, and it’s hard to move on with grace after such a blow.

Unfortunately, that has been the reality for millions of Americans since the appearance of Covid-19 and the subsequent effects of the pandemic. Moreover, the work market is in a very unstable position, going into a shaky recovery, at best.

However, this information about the current state of things should not be a reason for despair, but rather an impulse to move smartly towards securing a new position. Here are some ideas on where to start your employment journey.

Accept Your Situation, Get Moving

With unemployment comes a time full of doubts, regrets, confusion, and fears. The floor you’ve been standing on has moved, so you will be shaken. However, it’s you who decides how to channel these thoughts.

Instead of getting caught up in emotions directed at the past, see the logic behind the situation. Yes, it happened, and you’re allowed a little time to grieve. But then, ask yourself, what is this lay-off telling me about the situation of the industry?

If you were fired after the pandemic started, chances are it had something to do with it. While all industries were affected in one way or the other, ask yourself what happened in yours. This information will be useful if you’re trying to find other positions in the same area. You’re facing a different world than before Covid-19, so assess the new reality.

Make It Public

This might sound counter-intuitive, a blow to the ego, a devastating prospect…but, on the contrary, it is one of the smartest things you can do. No one can help you if they don’t know your situation, so don’t hesitate to tell them. 

Friends, family, and colleagues are all valuable parts of your network. Reach out to everybody, let them know that you’re looking for new opportunities. Share your experience, what you can do and what you want. Mention everything, from past jobs to that online course you recently took. You never know who can point you in the right direction. 

Also, remember to talk about the future, not the past. Focus on what you would like to do next. If you need to, base it off what you previously did, but don’t concentrate on just that. The goal is for people to think of what they can offer to help you reach that goal. 

Control Your Finances

Money can be a nerve-wracking subject, especially when you don’t have a steady income. Taking control of your finances is, however, key to your situation. Determine exactly how much money you have, to get a real view of your situation. 

Most likely, you will have to do some adjustments. Start by cutting off unnecessary expenses. Maybe it seems exaggerated, but it will allow you to stretch your money as much as possible, and you will be thankful for it down the road. 

Once you have a set budget, you can calculate how long you can survive with no income. This is very important to know, as it will tell you the reality of your situation. It might seem exasperating, but it is for the best. Now, having all the facts, you can make better decisions.

Invest In You

In such a hard job market, you need to polish your professional image. Use your free time to learn some new, attractive skills for your career.  Learning about new subjects will also give some structure and purpose to your day.

Do some research to figure out which abilities could be useful for your career, and educate yourself. There are many ways to do this, you don’t have to spend tons of money. The benefits to your mental wellbeing are endless.

Conclusion:

While being unemployed is hard, look at it as an opportunity to start over. Adopt this perspective, and your job search will seem a new adventure and not a curse. Work on your motivation and put all your effort into your career. Soon enough you will see results.

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