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How to Survive a Lay Off or Recession

Updated on March 14, 2015

Light at the End of the Tunnel


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I gave up driving even the short distances I usually drive for 30 days in order to avoid a month of foot-high ice, to exercise further, and to better acclimate to the colder winter we were experiencing one winter.

I’ve met many people that are finding ways of handling recessions, including walking more often and taking the bus instead of driving. Some began biking to their destinations.

This article will provide useful advice for surviving and prospering in a recession, including job search, events in the workplace, salaries, financial literacy, ways to save money, and low-cost recipes to help feed your family.

Some motivational materials at the end will bring you a boost as well.

Have faith in yourself and develop your skills and talents.
Have faith in yourself and develop your skills and talents. | Source

Planning Ahead for Downturns

Recently I spoke with a middle-aged gentleman waiting on a bus connection and carrying a folded card table with him. He had taken an additional weekend job of providing samples of new sandwiches at a local grocery chain. I had no idea that samplers in the groceries needed to provide their own tables and was rather shocked.

However, the gentleman was happy, because he had carried a heavier table through ice, snow, sleet, and two bus connections the day before and felt today’s experience was much easier. He was thankful for the job and the improving conditions.

His other joys were avoiding driving in ice obstructed traffic, a free meal at work, extra income, and free bus fare from our transit system as long as we are in a Level One or higher Snow Emergency.

An accountant I know always works a second job, 12-15 hours a week - 15 years so far. In just three evenings a week, or two evenings and a half-day on a weekend day, he has accumulated paid vacation and sick leave, with additional health insurance for his family and himself.

In addition, he has been able to invest his income form his second job wisely. If his full-time work is ever impinged by a recession, he and his family will suffer much less than some other families.

The two people I mentioned above are recession-proofing themselves. While it seems that all they do is work, this is not the case. Each schedules free time for himself and enjoys hobbies as well as time with friends and family. Not everyone can find one job, let alone two, but this option is something to consider. To assist you with this, please available yourself of the resources below:

Looking for Work In a Recession

Education & Training During a Recession

Under WIA, unemployed and underemployed individuals may qualify for training funds. Check your home state at this link for training providers (including colleges) that are approved:

Check the CareerOneStop in your locality for the job services office nearest you (usually under a county listing). You may find these facilities listed under WIS (Workforce Development Act), county Jobs and Family Services, or Employment Services.

Additional Recommendations:

How Do You Survive a Recession?

Seasonal Employment Might Lead to a Full-time Job


Full-Time, Seasonal, and Entry Level Jobs Across the Nation

  • How would you like to work for the CIA? – Television ads for open CIA positions are playing frequently in my area. This may be an option for you. Certain age and other guidelines apply. Checking their career information page yields a substantial number of openings at The Job Fit Tool:
  • Enlist with the National Guard or Air National Guard – Basic training, one weekend a month, and two weeks each summer provide extra income and marketable skills. They chance of being called to combat action is transparent. Look in the government pages of your phone director or search online for each branch of the service. For information, click on
  • Travel Nursing – There is long-term a nursing shortage and certain states are looking for nurses outside their own boarders. Patients are still being seen – they are covered by Medicaid, Workers Compensation, Healthy Children government sponsored coverage, SSI/SSDI, and private insurance. Nurses and other medical staff may need to be be willing to move temporarily, but rent and transportation for the move are PAID for them, along with higher than standard wages and other perks. You can actually work in your own city as a "traveler" if there are travel positions open in it.
  • Seasonal and Entry Level Jobs for College Students and Adults
  • Find a Job Through a Great Internship
  • Vocation Vacations

For Senior Citizens:

Ask if programs like this one operate in your city:

Who's Still Hiring?

Tapping the Hidden Job Market (Unadvertised Positions)

Words of Encouragement


Football Analogy - Never Give Up

Where to Search for Jobs

  • Top 30 Cities for Jobs - Researched and awarded by job search engine CareerBuilder.Com, one of the top search engines for employment in America.
  • Top 10 American Cities for Retirement Jobs - Also see the link for Senior Job Bank above. Additional Senior Employment programs and initiatives are available in various cities and counties. Check with your local labor department or Workforce Investment entity, usually a county jobs office.
  • How to Establish Residency in Another State - During a recession, workers may need to move in order to accept employment. In the case of Travel Nursing, the "traveling" agency can assist with all of these details.

Vision of World Hope - Willy Whitefeather

Effective Resumes and Interviewing

© 2009 Patty Inglish


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    • AnnaCia profile image

      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Excellent Hub. Very good suggestions. Thanks

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I think we can use these suggestions for a few years yet, Stars and I wish you every bit of success you can muster in 2012.

      A person in their 30s just told me that Senior Citizens in America have no financial problems at all and those that continue to work past age 65 are doing it only as a hobby to relieve their boredom. This is like denying the holocaust.

      The denying person should be required to volunteer with the homeless women and men over age 65 whose Medicare/SS does not offer enough money to live in any sort of retirement or assisted living home. For instance, our homeless shelters are full right now on January 3 - many of the inmates over retirement age. Many have no families and were laid off in the Recession of 2008 - 2010.

      When the 35-year-old becomes 65 years old, will her attitude change? May she never experience homelessness in the senior years as is happening right now.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful information for folks that need extra income, or jobs in general. Great suggestions on who to check out, and great plans for the future to consider. God Bless You Dear Heart.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Good work, tsmog and dagny roth!

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      dagny roth 6 years ago from Neverland

      Great hub! I currently supplement my income working in the promotions and event marketing field ( which includes sampling jobs such as the gentleman with the table) I published an article which lists many terrific agencies who hire freelance marketers for this type of work! Of course now I need to follow your advice and sock that money away lol!

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Whoops! Got'ta go to work. thanks for the reminder. Bookmarked under retiremnent $$$ ideas for later tonight. At a glance there is a bunch of power here. Need to dedicate some quality time to this. "loved the story of carrying the table for being a sandwich sample person. I have a different view of those displays now in my local store.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Welcome! Write what you jknow best and ask question in the forums and you'll learn a lot.

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      Ratanak 6 years ago

      I am the newcomer of Hubpage although I had joint here about over 1 year but I am poor at how to write as good article as you did. Thank you for this article that make me more delightful !

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Thanks very much!

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      Anthea Carson 6 years ago from Colorado Springs

      Thank you for this it was very motivationaly, inspirational and useful. I LOVED the light at the end of the tunnel photo.

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      nate 6 years ago

      its deep

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Patty, great advice and tips. I think for me the key is to keep your eye on the light at the end of the tunnel. Rated up.

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      jewelsofawe 6 years ago from Oregon

      Nice hub! Great topic!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Patty Inglish, MS,

      Wonderful Hub! I love all of your Hubs but each time the next is even better - what a great tribute to helping others complete with helpful tips and motivational videos.

      Working a second job is a great insurance policy but also helps keep the right perspective. Fear is often a human trait that we must conquer - the second job gives us perspective to be a better employee at the first.

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      CollB 6 years ago

      Really nice hub and info too. It appears working long hours really pays!

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      clearblue99 6 years ago from Clear Blue Sky

      excellent hub. thanks for the info

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Thanks, Jennifer Lynch and techno-hub!

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      Jennifer Lynch 7 years ago from Stowmarket, Suffolk.

      There is so much information here it must have taken a very long time to put all this together. Very useful and extremely interesting.

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      techno-hub 7 years ago

      This shows we need to work hard to achieve some thing. Work is worship.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Glad to be of help! How are thing suop your way, lakeerieartists?

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Excellent resource. And a great example of a top notch hub. I will definitely recommend this page to anyone who is looking for a better job. :)

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Thanks very much. All the helpful information possible should be shared. Have a great Sunday!

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      susanlang 7 years ago

      Once again, you delivered a knock out punch with the written word. A wealth of information.

      Susan langford

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      I am not an American but an Indian. I was looking to your hub the one “Guide- How to Survive a Recession” attracted my attention. At the outset I like to congress you for your concept of mind to think for others. At the recession period, the person who lost his or her job remains in a disturbed mood. Your hub is something that every victim will find a ray of hope in their distress state of Mind. Thank you very much for a timely written hub. Thanks.

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      kappa022 8 years ago from Florida

      Excellent hub on how to survive a recession. Well done!

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      You're welcome! I hope it is as useful as I want it to be. We must survive this recession.

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      Correen 8 years ago

      You have really taken the time to give us all something to sink our teeth into. Besides all the great links, I loved the Words of Encouragement video. Thank you.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      funwithtrains - Thanks for the comment and the digg. The more info people have, the better their chances for a job. Karen - Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope the info can help anyone you know.

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      Karen 8 years ago

      What a plethora of good advice and additional resources. Thank you!


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      funwithtrains 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the great info - thumbs up and a digg!

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      I hope people can come back and post their successes here after they use the information. That would be encouraging to us all.

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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      wow, timely and a REALLY comprehensive rersource

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Thank you all for reading and leaving comments. If you find anything else helpful, feel free to list it here is Comments. The economy will turn around with the new jobs being created and iot will be interesting to watch.

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      aikidk01 8 years ago

      Well written and very timely. Look forward to reviewing more of your work.

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      Catherina Severin 8 years ago from Arizona, U.S.A.

      What a lot of great links... Thanks!

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      Shankar Pandiath 8 years ago from India

      Am sure this will give a boost to those unfotunate people who are experiencing the recession. Great links

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      Tink.mom42 8 years ago from Michigan

      Lots of great info and links. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sandy 8 years ago

      Very informative Hub. Being that I am one of the unemployed, this is definitely something to bookmark.