How to Survive Being Out of Work

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Unemployment levels have been an issue for a long time but over more recent years this is a problem that has become increasingly prevalent. With the global financial crisis, economies all over the world falling into recession, and businesses having to cut costs dramatically, many have found themselves suddenly out of work, including those who thought they had a secure job for life.

Sadly, unemployment can affect anyone at any time, and when it does strike it can have a devastating effect on your life in many ways. Not only are you left without the income that you may have come to rely on, but also you now no longer have a routine or a reason to get up in the morning.

Learning how to cope

It is important that you learn how to survive and cope while you are out of work, as doing this will not only help to make your life easier and more structured but can also help to keep you going.

  • Avoid wallowing in self-pity

    It may sound harsh, but it is important to avoid wallowing in self-pity if you find yourself without a job. There is a lot to do in order to get organised and this won’t get done if you are mooching around feeling sorry for yourself. So, the first thing you need to do is accept what has happened.

  • Go through your finances

    It is impossible to determine when you might walk into another job, so in the meantime you need to address your finances. Obviously, the lack of income will impact on your ability to pay bills. Make sure you go through your outgoings, put them in order of priority and focus on making payments on the vital ones with the money you do have. Also, contact all companies and creditors that you make payments to in order to advise them of the situation and get advice on making payments in the meantime.

  • Claim insurance and benefits

    You also need to look at what you are entitled to while you are out of work. If you have any sort of insurance such as income protection cover, you may be eligible to make a claim depending on the circumstances of you being out of work. Also, contact the welfare office to see whether you are entitled to any benefits.

  • Register with job sites

    In order to boost the chances of getting back into work as soon as possible, you should register with reputable recruitment agencies and job sites. This will ensure that you are kept up to speed if any suitable jobs come along.

  • Conduct job searches

    Make the effort to spend some time each day looking for jobs. You can use the Internet, newspapers, and any other resources to see what’s out there. Remember, it doesn’t have to be the perfect job – just a means of bringing in some money until you can find a more suitable job.

By getting yourself organised and learning how to cope more effectively after being made unemployed, you can make sure you minimise on issues and you can increase the chances of getting back into work with greater speed.

G Peterson wrote this article on behalf of

2 thoughts on “How to Survive Being Out of Work

  • January 24, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Family comes first, so if you got kids, swallow your pride and sign up at your local food bank, food assistance (SNAP) and HEAP.

  • January 24, 2014 at 6:24 am

    write a good resume, and dont put down your old employer try putting it in the best light possible.


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