If you’re like me, you hate turning on the morning news these days because of all the doom and gloom with the economy. There’s no doubt about it. The world is a scary place right now. And for many of us, what is especially unnerving is the way the unemployment rate continues to rise.
If you are one of those fearful of losing your job – or if you have already joined the unemployment line – I urge you to maintain a positive attitude. Worrying won’t help and, in fact, may create even more problems.
Having been through the experience of not having a job, I’d like to offer some tips to help you through this unsettling time:
- Don’t panic. Fear and anxiety are natural, but if you allow these emotions to control your thinking, you won’t be able to make good decisions about what you’re going to do next.
- Surround yourself with optimistic, supportive people. Misery may love company, but this is not the time to commiserate. You need to remain focused, positive, and inspired.
- Create a job-hunting schedule. This is an extremely important step because it will keep your mind focused so you don’t get depressed. Immediately start looking into websites like CareerBuilder or Monster for an overview of what’s out there. Next, do some targeted searches specific to your industry on sites that cater to your area of expertise.
- Start networking. Networking is still the best way to get a job. Spread the word that you are in job search mode among your friends, family, former co-workers — anyone that you know who could help with your job search. Dig up names from internships or summer jobs and reach out to those people. Join online networking groups (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.).
- Consider an interim job. It will get you out of the house, boost your morale, and offer some temporary financial assistance. Temporary agencies often have positions that can lead to permanent employment.
- Look at your situation as an opportunity. If you have ever felt unsatisfied or unfilled in your work, this could be the Universe nudging you to find the job you love!
If #6 resonates with you, you may want to consider joining one of my economically-priced Group Coaching Sessions during your down time. It’s a chance for you to take an in-depth look at what defines your ideal career. You’ll learn exactly what you need to do to make a career switch, plus you’ll enjoy feedback and support from other class members. Click here for more information. Here’s to having a career you love! Hallie Crawford Career Transition Coach