This has been a week of heavy stories. Many of my friends and family are struggling financially. Each hit makes them feel a bit more overwhelmed. The stress can be enormous at times. This piece had several proactive steps to take while unemployed. Good points to remember:
The real question is, do you have the discipline to put your new found free time to good use? With the time you have on your hands, you can finally start to write that novel, or spend more time with your family and reconnect with the kids. There is time to finally think about what you want out of life and your career. Money can’t buy that kind of personal time away from the pressures and demands of a full-time job.
Even if you are unemployed, you still have a skill set. The key to getting ahead in any economy is to recognize your strengths and use them to your advantage. Use your spare time to understand your strengths better and work on your personal mission statement. Knowing what you bring to the table is going to allow for more confidence and creativity when it comes to looking for work. It will also be a big help in determining what kind of work you go after on the next job search.
An extended unemployment might be exactly what you needed. Your former industry might have been the worst career choice that you ever made. If you were pushed into it strictly because you needed a job, it could have been something you regretted during your entire career. No matter how high up you go in a company, it is going to be tough to get by when you have no passion for your work. This is a chance to level-set and decide where to go from here.
Read more at: The Psychology of Well-Being