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How to survive being unemployed


Being unemployed is tough, but it is possible to make it through.

With the unemployment rate being 4.4 percent in the U.S. a lot of individuals across the country are unemployed. Being unemployed can cause one to think, “why me?” or “woe is me” but in all reality, if you are unemployed and fighting for a job, you are definitely not alone. Here is how to fight the struggle of being unemployed.

One of the first things you want to do when you become unemployed is to file to receive unemployment benefits. If you do end up getting unemployment benefits, at least you have some sort of income while you are job hunting.


The next thing you want to do is cut down on all of your expenses. You can switch to basic cable, go to the soup kitchen, start using public transportation and look for sales.

Another very vital action you want to take is to rework/improve your resume. Take a look at your resume and look for any grammatical errors then see if anything else needs to be worked on as well. Or if possible you can use a resume writing service, it won’t be free, but it’s worth the money in the long run.

Another great thing you can do while you are unemployed is do some volunteer work. There are many benefits to doing volunteer work. First off, it helps to avoid having a large unemployment gap on your resume, secondly, it can give you some new experience and most importantly you are giving back to the community.

Lastly and most obviously, you must start your job search. No one likes job hunting, but at some point we’re all going to have to do it. But the good news is there are many websites out there that are designed to help you such as LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, Geebo, USA Jobs and Career Builder just to name a few. Put your new and improved resume on a flash drive and get started. But when you are hunting for jobs, you must pace yourself because you don’t want to feel burned out. Looking for a job is a job itself. One thing that can help a great deal is to create a schedule for yourself. For example, 8 am-get up, shower, and eat breakfast, 9 am- search and apply for jobs, 12 pm-eat lunch. Doing this will keep you both organized and sane. It may feel like a long journey, but you will get through it.

Krystal Goethe