Sunday, September 18, 2011

How much is your story worth? (The song for the between-jobbers)

This could very well be the theme song of the U.S. economy and many other European countries in financial crisis.

Have you ever been in a situation like the one presented in the song? Do you know anyone who has?

What advice could somebody give to a person who finds himself/herself out of work?

How much would you pay to hear YOUR STORY?
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Angela said...

Are you between jobs?
It`s not the end of the world.
It can happen to anybody.
Here are 7 tips that will help you overcome this situation. ( Adapted from by Xin Lu`s article).

1. Tell everyone you know you are now unemployed - There is no shame in telling people that you are looking for a job. In fact, the more people you tell the better your chances are in getting a referral.

2. Apply for unemployment benefits - As long as you were terminated through no fault of your own, you should be eligible to collect some unemployment benefits. It is not a lot of money, but it is something to help you with gas and food bills while you look for a job.

3. Tighten your belt
When you suddenly become unemployed you may need to adjust your budget a bit and stretch whatever severance you received as much as you can. It could mean that you have to cancel the cable and not go out so much for dinner.

4. Be open to opportunities - Several people found that they could not easily find a job that paid as well as their old jobs. I do not think that people should necessarily take the first offer they see, but if it is a decent job with reasonable benefits then it does not hurt to take the job and continue looking.

5. Stay healthy - When you lose your job your health insurance usually goes with it. That is why staying healthy is extremely important during this period of unemployment. Try to sleep, eat well and exercise regularly.

6. Organize the job hunt
When I was looking for a job I found that keeping a log was very helpful. I would write down the date of my resume submission to certain companies and also dates of interviews and contact information. Organization is very important when you suddenly need to keep appointments in many different places.

7. Do not mope around - Losing your job is horrible, but there is no point in wasting your time feeling bad about it. When you are looking for a new opportunity you need to be confident about your skills and show people that you are awesome. The sooner you can get over the initial disappointment, anger, and bitterness the sooner you will be able to move on to something better.

Anonymous said...

What can you say when someone loses their job?

I'm so sorry.

But does it help?

Anonymous said...

Advice to someone without a job:

When one door closes, another opens.

Like the singer says, nothing is written in stone. Nothing is forever.

Anonymous said...

Good tips, Angela!

Anonymous said...

I think the best tip given for those who lost their jobs is:

Tighten your belt

Here are some other tips to cut costs in your daily life:

First take a look at your bills from last month: What were your highest monthly costs? Was it electricity? Water? Cable? Whatever it was, you should work on that first.

Generally, electricity is the vilain.
Think about to reduce your electric usage, the biggest energy guzzler in the house.
As your incandescent bulbs wear out, replace them with CFLs – they are more expensive up front, but they will last many months longer and will save you a lot of money in electricity. Turn off lights unless you are in the room.
Minimize your air conditioning usage as much as you can –Use a laptop rather than a desktop computer, if you can. Plus turn off the computer when you’re not using it. and spend less time in the shower, which uses a lot of electricity (or gas) to heat the water.

Angela said...

For those who are between jobs ...

How about applying for a part-time job?
Christmas is coming and the shops are hiring many employees.
As Xin Lu says:

" If it is a decent job with reasonable benefits then it does not hurt to take the job and continue looking".