How can unemployment be beautiful? How can losing your job create new opportunity? When you’re feeling discouraged and the bills are due, and the jobs are few, it can seem like a losing battle. Unemployment can be scary, and everyone’s situation may vary. However, the statement “Do you see the glass half full or half empty” may determine how you take advantage of your time while unemployed.
Don’t spend a lot of time focusing on the “should of”, “could of”, and “what ifs”. It’s ok to grieve, but just don’t get stuck in your grieving so that it hinders you from moving forward.
There are a few steps you need to take to turn what some see as a negative into a time of growth and reflection.
•First, take a few days to acknowledge and accept this loss in your life. Spend quality time with family and love ones to help keep your spirits high. Keep in mind that this is only temporary.
•See if you qualify for unemployment compensation; you can apply online at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/UI/. Also you may want to cut back on expenses, like your cable or cell phone bill. Contact credit card companies and other creditors to make payment arrangements with until you are financially stable. You may also want to see if you’re eligible for “FoodShare.” For more information please go to https://access.wisconsin.gov.
Now is the time to reinvent yourself. You can change careers, go back to school, travel, start your own business, take a risk and apply for jobs that you never took the time to research because you were working. Once you have a goal and a target, move forward.
•Update your resume to reflect relevant experience based on the type of job you’re applying for. You might need more than one resume during your job search. Next, start spreading the news — to everyone, family, friends, and associates — to let them know that you’re looking for work. Be very specific about the type of employment you seek. Networking with family and friends will be a key component in your job search.
•Stop at the local job centers to find out which resources are available and take advantage of them. To find your local job center please visit: http://www.wisconsinjobcenter.org
•Continue to work on your personal development through volunteering, joining professional networks, education, or self discovery. Personal development and improvements in your life should never stop, regardless of circumstances. We always have room to grow and learn. This process can also give you a sense of achievement.
Finally, continue to look forward. Always keep an open mind to new opportunities and experiences. Keep communicating with your network and stay positive. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Even unemployment can make an ugly situation turn out beautifully.