How to Cope with Unemployment

Posted by | July 25, 2017 |

Losing your job is never easy — but it happens to the best of us. Sometimes job loss is way out of your control. Perhaps the business you worked for went bust and that forced you into redundancy. Maybe you and the company just weren’t compatible. Whatever the reason you’ve recently become unemployed, learning to cope with unemployment is imperative for you to get back in the working world. If you feel like you’re struggling to move on, here are some words of encouragement.

Focus on positive thinking

Remaining positive is the key to calm and collected thinking. Now, you may be thinking “but I just can’t make myself think positive thoughts?” — and we know it’s not that easy. Positivity is a progression; it’s something that comes with working hard and putting yourself first. Use the time away from working wisely. Take that time to look after yourself and heal your scars. Job hunting is a stressful time, but you should counteract it with doing something that makes you happy. Try taking up meditation or yoga — you’d be surprised just how enlightening and relaxing those activities are.

You need to put your wellbeing first. Learn from this experience. Consider why you lost your job and ways in which you can grow from your job loss. Don’t let your ex-employer knock your confidence because there will be something better out there for you. Regain your composure during your unemployment and get focussed on getting back out there. Make future goals. Where do you see yourself in a few years’ time? What do you want to achieve in life? Strive for greatness and you’ll be in the best mindset to get there. Remember that your unemployment doesn’t define who you are.

This is a temporary hiccup in your career path — but negative thinking will only hinder your motivation and determination to get back on your feet. One of the best ways to win employers over in interviews is to have a great attitude and an optimistic outlook on life; try to not let your current situation sabotage your future prospects.

Be proactive

If you find yourself struggling to get out of bed in the morning, treat your job hunt as your job. Get up in the morning the same time you would if you were working and give yourself a daily routine. It’s not likely that you’ll find a job instantly – job searching takes time – but try not to let that make you feel dejected. If you’re proactive about your job hunt from the day of your dismissal, you’re setting yourself at a huge advantage right from the starting blocks. One of the best ways to cope with unemployment is to use your time effectively.

In between applying for jobs, why not volunteer at a charity shop or soup kitchen? Use the free time you have to help other people through their hardship. This experience will not only look great on your CV, but it could also have a positive impact on your emotional wellbeing. Unemployment doesn’t have to be a negative thing — you could go back to college or apply for internships. You never know, you could discover your next greatest passion. Now you have nothing but time, so try to use it to your advantage. Show your future employer just how motivated you are.

Learn from your unemployment

Losing your job is completely out of your control. Sometimes – like with redundancy – your unemployment isn’t at all personal. It just had to happen. But in other situations, you have the chance to learn. Instead of getting angry at your old boss or badmouthing the company all over social media, take this time to consider why you were let go. By law, the business has to give you reasons why you were dismissed. Reflect on the behaviour that may have caused your dismissal so that you can learn and grow from it, then take this new mindset into your next job.

If you feel that you need to improve on particular skills in your field, take a course to gain more experience and feel confident in your abilities once more. Then you’ll have another skill to impress employers with and a greater belief in your own abilities. Whatever your reason for losing your job, don’t let the hostility you feel for that employer put you off finding your dream career.

Keep on moving forward

Getting dismissed from a job is very much like experiencing grief. One minute you’re angry, then the next you’re sad. You think the sadness will never go away, but then you’re in disbelief. It’s a cycle of emotions, but don’t let yourself get stuck in the past forever. You can’t control the way you feel and your emotions are valid, however, try not to let them get the best of you. This is a time when you need to be your most productive. Your top priority now is getting back on the career ladder. Grab at all the motivation you have within you and focus on achieving better.

One of the biggest worries about unemployment is money. Now more than ever is an important time to evaluate your finances. If you don’t already have one, make a spreadsheet to keep track of how much money you have in the bank and what your upcoming outgoings are. Learn how to budget your money so that you have enough to see you through this time of uncertainty. Stretching out the money you have left is possible — you just have to take the time to really figure out how. If you have a savings account, don’t be afraid to withdraw a little of it. This situation wasn’t planned, but it’s the biggest reason why you have these emergency funds. If you have hardly any money left and you’re panicking, bite the bullet and apply for Job Seekers Allowance; it exists for this reason.

No matter how scared you’re feeling, there is always a way to get through unemployment. The important message to take away here is to never lose hope — you will get through this.