Current unemployment rates are not a pleasant sight, especially if you’re one of the many people on the outside looking in right now. If you find yourself among the unemployed, there are things you can do that will help you make the most of your time “between” jobs. Here are five things you should consider when you find yourself on the hunt for a job.
1. Secure Health Insurance
This is the elephant in the room for many people who find themselves in the market for a new job. COBRA insurance is expensive and can feel more like a burden than a help for people who simply can’t afford it while adjusting to life without a reliable income. Traditional insurance coverage is also too expensive to maintain while unemployed. There is an option available in the form of short term medical insurance, which isn’t a health care plan, but can help bridge the gap and cover emergencies that may arise while you’re living life between jobs.
2. Set a Strict Budget
Going from two incomes to one is a challenge in the best of economies. When everyone seems to be struggling and prices are rising steadily, it’s even more important to sit down and to create a reasonable, livable budget for the family until you find a way to replace your income. The bottom line is that you don’t know how long your employment situation is going to last and you need to stretch every dime until you’ve reached the point where you’ve replaced your previous income.
3. Get Out and Network
Finding a job today is not only a massive numbers racket; it’s also all about who you know, making networking an essential part to any period of unemployment. Making the right connections in the day of social media is as important as having an impressive résumé and cover letter. It might not get you the job outright, but it can give you an edge in getting the job you need – and the one you want!
4. Maintain a Positive Attitude
This one is much easier said than done. Yet, it’s one of the most important things you can do. It’s frustrating to hear “no” after “no” when you feel like the future of your family depends on a yes. Reacting well to these perceived rejections may get you more attention and careful consideration for the next available job within the same company. More importantly, it makes the situation more bearable for you and your family.
5. Be Ambitious
Ambition is an excellent attribute to have at a time like this. Set your sights higher and view this as an opportunity to expand your horizons and rise above your former employment situation. Use this time wisely to become better educated in your field and develop new skills that are sure to help you land an even better position than the one you had before.
It’s easy to get caught up in fear and depression when you’re out of work. The longer your employment drags on, the harder it can be. Keep your mind active and your body busy doing these and other productive actions during your job search and you just might find yourself in better shape when it all shakes out. When you keep these five things in mind you and will be in a much better position to survive and thrive during your unemployment.