The Brighter Side of Unemployment!
Unemployment is definitely a bane for individuals and in this global recession period with companies letting go of personnel, it is turning into a grim reality for many of us. Many view unemployment as a derailment of one’s life. Careers are ended, days ahead with absolutely nothing to do, losing friends and acquaintances at work and for those with families with young kids; unemployment means a lot of pressure to cope with the family needing a new breadwinner to keep everything in the house stable.
It is unfortunate that unemployment also brings out negativity in an individual. Within weeks of losing one’s job, depression, boredom and frustration at even the tiniest of things would start affecting the individual. Perhaps, it is time to view unemployment in a different light. Before you go browsing through the internet for jobs that are insignificant and cause further unhappiness, maybe you should take a step back and enjoy being a bum around the house.
The Brighter Side
Being unemployed will give you plenty of time to focus and value the finer and more important things in life. It will give you a chance to pick up new skills, something that once made you think, “Hey, that would be cool to learn but I’m just too swamped with work now.” It could be learning how to cook a simple meal for your family, learning the basics of carpentry or even fixing up and troubleshooting your own computer if you are a self-declared computer goon. Since you are not swamped with work anymore, picking up these skills or any other will only further improve you as a person. Since there are practically endless skills to pick up, the world is indeed your oyster.
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If you have saved up some money during your employment days, you should probably consider traveling as well. Exploring unexplored and unfamiliar destinations will not only open your mind to different cultures but it will make you appreciate what life has to offer. Research has shown that traveling to an unfamiliar setting will most likely leave you with not only fond memories of the place but will make you a more complete individual.
Even during unemployment, it is crucial that you keep contacting friends and acquaintances. You may have been their superior while you were employed but maybe it is time that you bite the bullet, swallow some pride and tell them that you are seeking a job. One should never underestimate the power of networking. A huge portion of job openings and opportunities are not published and advertised to the whole world so your contacts could be the ones who get you the ticket to your new career.
With the rise of the internet, if you are feeling a little adventurous, try your hand at some e-business or a part-time job to earn you some income while you are in the rough. Sites like ebay, amazon marketplace and other auction-based websites allow you to put up some of your unneeded belongings or prized possessions up for sale. This will also give you a chance to finally organize your house, setting aside the unneeded goods up for sale on your new e-business website or, if you are in the mood of giving, donate the goods to your local Salvation Army or other non-profit organizations. Like they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
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Planning your time, even during unemployment, should be emphasized over and over again. Even during unemployment, one can start lazing away and watch the days slip by without much activity. This is a vicious cycle that individuals who are unemployed should always look out for. Start scheduling your day to get maximum productivity. Spend the morning going for a jog or exercising. Set aside a few hours after breakfast job hunting and sending out resumes. Leave some time for yourself to relax or to learn that new skill that you always wanted to know.
Most importantly, it is essential to remain in a positive manner. Enjoy the much-needed free time. Get to know more about your family and catch up with what they are doing. In no time at all, you will get a call for a job interview and you will be well on your way to get your career back up and running again!