How to Deal with Unemployment


Losing a job, for whatever reason, can really hit hard. Whether you’ve been made redundant or your contract has been terminated for another reason, being jobless after having security for a while can be a real tough experience. Trying to cope without the steady income can be crippling, especially if you’re the main breadwinner at home – it can really affect your mental well-being as well as your financial security.

The worst thing you can do is drown your sorrows when losing a job; it’s not easy to pick yourself up again but you have to look for the silver lining in every situation. Take the opportunity to apply for jobs that suit your skill base more accurately, or try something completely different. Used to being a salesperson but wish to head in a different direction? There are so many different jobs, across various sectors, available to the masses, providing training where appropriate so that you can build a new career. From an increased demand for Smart metering jobs that are crying out for applicants to the humble 9 to 5 job in an office, there are plenty of opportunities available across the country.

With so many stories of redundancy in the press, job cuts across the various industries are rife because of the economic crisis we are still trying to fight. You may have been able to dodge the bullet so far but nobody is invincible so keeping your options open and staying positive no matter what the situation is essential.

Make sure that if you are made redundant, you take advantage of everything you are eligible for. If you’ve worked for a company for more than two years, you will likely receive statutory redundancy pay; check your contract too.

The initial baby steps that need to be taken to get back into work can take a lot of guts but it’s the best thing you can do. Browse the net and search through the local jobs at your local job site. Make sure you visit the job vacancy pages of major employers which can often advertise jobs that you wouldn’t find elsewhere.

Job hunting takes time, energy and commitment but, despite the UK unemployment statistics, there are plenty of jobs out there waiting for the right person. Put your heart into the job seeking process and you’ll find another position in no time. The sooner you land a new job, the sooner you don’t have to worry about financial woes – stay positive, your unemployment situation won’t last forever.

16 Responses to How to Deal with Unemployment

  1. Moneywise says:

    If you are “main breadwinner at home” It’s probably better to find fast temporary job, this is where all of the agencies come. And in this situation I think anyone should be ready to work for lower salary, the most important thing is taking care after your family

    • I’d agree with that. There’s no doubt that the current jobs market is tough and the last thing you’ll want to do is narrow it down further by being overly picky about the work you’re willing to do.

  2. Pauline says:

    There are so many places I wouldn’t think about applying that may have jobs that fit my skills. I wish it was all centralized properly but until it is there will be people needing jobs and jobs needing people.

  3. I’ve been made redundant before and it’s not a great place to be in. The only advice I would give is to never give up, motivate yourself and network like crazy. I came to Canada with no experience over here and went back to school and networked like crazy and am happy to say I’ve been in my career for 5 years now with skills that I will have for life. We have to learn to push and have faith.

  4. Michelle says:

    It’s definitely best to not get down. It’s hard to not feel negative/sad when you are unemployed, but that can really hurt future job prospects and your morale!

    • I agree Michelle, negativity can really take over a person when it’s allowed to and can shine through in your whole being. Not good when you’re trying to show the positive aspects of your personality to potential employers.

  5. Being unemployed is tough. In addition to the financial burdens there are also emotional burdens that come with it. I think as you aptly put it, one should use this time for reflection, to weigh their lives and the direction they wish to take with their lives and careers. Its time to put on a brave face and well, lean harder on your networks!

  6. Well, I do hope that I never have to deal with unemployment, but great tips if I ever get so unlucky. It`s crazy how many jobs aren`t indexed on job boards, so I definitely say that it`s important to check on major employer`s websites and job banks.

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