7 Tips for the Unemployed

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If you have ever felt like everything was going well and then suddenly the worst happens, then this post is just for you. You’ve been with a company for a long time. You’re making decent money. Your 401k is looking great. Over the years, you’ve made investments and managed them well. Then, the worst happens – you find yourself in search of another job. Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. It’s happen to me more than once. I have 7 tips for the recently unemployed.

  1. Do Not Panic. It’s important to remain calm. Hopefully, you’ve heeded the advice of a mentor or friend to “save for a raining day”. Yes, I know – you wanted to save that money for your retirement. Well, I pray there’s plenty of time to redeem your savings, come close, break even, or supersede your previous saved earnings.
  2. Be strategic & develop a plan. As soon as you quit or are discharged, begin submitting job applications immediately. With the advent of the internet and job service websites, this can be done seamlessly. If you’re not tech savvy or “internet illiterate”, call upon a friend or family member to assist. Most job service websites have resume builders. Or, that friend/family member can help you out by using a MS Word resume template and input the information for you.
  3. Do not procrastinate. It’s important that you get started submitting job applications immediately. It’s possible that you can be “back in the saddle” within the next couple of days proceeding the separation from your previous employer.
  4. Maintain an income stream by any legal means necessary. Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, was a huge advocate of working class citizens working more than one job. Although you may have lost your primary position, you can always fall back on your part-time gig until you can capitalize on another opportunity. Whatever the earnings amount to, continue making deposits and minimize the withdrawals.
  5. Wait & follow up periodically. This is the tricky part and there’s a fine line that I want to share with you. It’s critical that you don’t come off as being desperate. In spite of ambiguity, it’s important that you remain calm and professional as you await responses from all the job applications that you submitted.
  6. Stay positive. Along the same lines of not to panic, you’re going to have to redirect any distraction like depression and remain positive. I know it’s easier said that done, but you’re gonna have to look on the bright side. You have your health! If you’re not sober, don’t drink. If you smoke cigarettes, stop it! During times of transition that this, change can be good. Reinvent yourself and never stop smiling.
  7. Meditate and pray. As you work on defeating the cravings of depression, drugs, and alcohol. Take time to look deep into your inner self. It’s not that you’re really looking for anything, but as you pray, the Holy Spirit will comfort you and provide strength. That way and when interview time comes, your future should be impressed by the confidence that you exude, the truth in the clean cut image that you present, and at the end of it all you can give God all the glory and the praise!

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6.

I hope these tips serve you well. I will be honest, sometimes the wait is longer than anticipated. Some may disagree, but if you need to liquidate some of your assets, do what you need to do. However, the biggest tip I can provide in that regard is try not completely deplete all of your assets; leave something there to keep the investment account open. This way, as you begin to rebound financially, you can come back and begin to rebuild your portfolio. Be strong and courageous!!!

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