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I am unemployed, how can I get back on my feet?

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Last Updated: 01/19/2021 at 12:01pm
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December 17th, 2014 4:30am
Utilize local resources (job centers, VR, etc), figure out what makes you awesome, and market it. Informational interviews to employers can be a huge help in trying to figure out what you need to do or become to be the person that is set apart from all of the rest. Or, if you have a very unique skill set, consult with firms like SCORE that offer free business startup advice for small companies and start a business.
December 23rd, 2014 8:32am
It's really tough to be unemployed. I know. I'm unemployed. Despite what others may say, don't spend all your time looking for work and obsessing about it. That will drive you crazy. Try to have a little fun, read a book, take it easy on yourself.
September 21st, 2014 4:32am
While you are unemployed, make sure you keep talking to people to stay positive and get your mind off negative thoughts. Also, talking to people could be a great way to find a new job opportunity.
November 5th, 2014 6:18pm
Hey there I hope you're having a nice day! I personally think it depends what kind of employment you're looking for.. if you're looking for a minimum wage job to get you working again, go crazy handing out applications.. even for places you don't particularly want to work at. You can always turn them down if other options arise, only work there until you find a better fit, or turn the offer down completely. It will get you back into work, some recent experience and references, and there will be a little income. If you're unemployed and trained in a field you would like to get back into, this may be more difficult, and require more patience. I would suggest go to all the places that could hire you with your degree.. even if you don't particularly like the job, and apply. Getting any job is better than no job, and as above, you don't have to stay there forever. Be patient with them getting back to you, be aware they will not immediately, and prepare yourself for interviews. Also, talk to some family/friends/banks/social-welfare/etc about your financial situation if it's currently a concern for you, that's what they're there to help you with and they can actually help push forward some jobs for you!
June 3rd, 2015 1:21am
First and foremost, don't despair. Quite a few people have experienced unemployment, but there is still hope for all of us. Find your local state/county resources - most communities have resources or one-a-day jobs to get you by while you search. Don't be discouraged by paperwork. If you feel frustrated, take a break and continue later. Applying for jobs takes a lot of paperwork, but don't stop even if you feel bad or angry about it - just keep going! Look up tips and tricks for interviewing - this can be the scariest part about job hunting, but there are thousands of resources online to help you succeed. Google is your friend during the process! Speaking of success - if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Sounds simple, I know. But being turned down for a job is not what DEFINES your life, it's just a job. Multiple attempts does not make you a failure, it makes you persistent and determined. Stay positive, stay focused, and believe in yourself. You CAN do it.
December 9th, 2014 1:19am
Try touching up on your Resume! Maybe your Cover letter too! Try to make a list of places you feel comfortable working, and submit applications! Good luck! :D
December 27th, 2014 11:56pm
go to the unemployment office, they can help you find a job. Even if it's temporary, it's better than no job and you never know the temporary could turn into a permanent job.
April 9th, 2015 11:58pm
This is a tough situation, but there are many things you can do. The importance of networking can not be over stated, especially for professional positions, but also just to see what is out there. something like 805 of all jobs are never posted, so learning about job openings through networking is a great way to go.
November 18th, 2014 3:28pm
Apply to jobs, fix your resume, and get some great interview attire go in with a positive attitude you will not be for long
December 29th, 2014 5:27am
There's no shame in asking for help, try asking friends or family members if they know about any open job opportunities and look online and visit businesses to see if their hiring but try to stay positive
November 22nd, 2014 11:05am
First of all, decide what you're good at and then when you know it, think of what you really want to do or will be able to do. Then accordingly look for a job. Note: Never second guess yourself. :)
November 24th, 2014 8:57am
Update your CV, go to local job centres and see what jobs are avalible, hand out your cv, apply for all sorts of jobs even if they arent what you want to do yet
September 14th, 2015 10:22am
Start with creating a great CV/resume. Send this out to vacancies available. OR try entrepreneurship. Perhaps you have a great talent with beading? sell these items!!!
March 7th, 2016 4:53am
You need to want it. There is no reason for you not to be able to get back up. The first step is wanting it and the second step is doing something about it. This is where you start looking for a job. Everything will work out eventually
January 9th, 2017 1:49am
Finding employment can be difficult. I gained tons of experience by connecting with temp/perm agencies. Best Wishes!
April 3rd, 2018 6:06am
There is no substitute for hard work.. You need to keep on searching for job opportunities and keep on applying. One defeat should not put your enthusiasm down, it should not make you sulk.
June 26th, 2018 12:37pm
Learn new skills to enhance your employability. Update your resume and post it to several recruitment agency
January 19th, 2021 12:01pm
Finding a job in lockdown is going to be so hard, however stay focus and have your mind set on getting a job and just don’t give up, look in your local newspapers. Look online in your local area, join local jobs in your local area on facebook groups or pages. Give your cv into your local stores. Tell your friends and family you are looking for a job so they can keep an eye out for jobs or even your family and friends might know people taking on. That will help you so much when looking for a job.