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With the unemployment rate in the US currently at 8%, Resume Surgeon looks at some ways of dealing with unemployment.

   

How to Handle Unemployment

If you have recently lost your job you are probably worrying and frantically preparing your resume template to send out to employers. But you’re not alone – millions of people across the country are searching for work and there are a number of things you can do to handle unemployment and look for jobs;

  • Update your resume template.  Look through the content of your resume and spend time adding all of the skills you learnt at your most recent job. This will help you to gain focus on what you want to do next.
  • Looking for a job can be difficult if you have no direction. You might find yourself in this position if you were not expecting to lose your job. So first consider putting together a list of specifications including what kind of job you want to do, location, salary, hours of work etc this will help you to define your job search.
  • Job searching. Use a variety of sources to find work – online adverts, local press, recruitment companies, job centres and applying directly to a company are just a few ways to find work.
  • If you have been made redundant or feel you were unfairly dismissed ensure you seek advice from relevant organisations. Spend time researching redundancy and dismissal packages to ensure you are getting the right one.
  • Networking. Spend time speaking to friends and professional contacts to try and find out about new opportunities. If you are feeling isolated because of your job loss, try to meet as many people as possible to maximise your chances of finding employment.
  • Budget your time. Ensure you budget correctly during your job search period. If you have used your specification list and have not found any positions that match your criteria, consider broadening your search to open up more immediate opportunities.

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