How to Deal with Unemployment
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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 wellbeing 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, such as the British Gas jobs site, 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.