Unemployment Help

Written by Serena Berger
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Someone can become unemployed for any number of reasons which do not reflect poorly on his skills, character, or potential. It may have been that the company from which he or she worked was downsizing a particular division or even going out of business. It might also have been that there was a mismatch between the employee and his employer which made the situation untenable--but with a good match, the employee will thrive.

Transitioning during Your Unemployment

If you have recently become unemployed, you may want to look at it as an opportunity rather than a problem. At this particular juncture, you can decide if you would like to remain in the same field or consider another line of work. You should consider all the options and resources available to you before you make your decision.

If you would like to remain in the same field but think that you need additional training in some areas, you might consider going back to school to get an additional degree or simply to gain more knowledge. Alternatively, you may want to consider certification programs that will be less time-intensive, but also provide you with the experience and possibly qualifications necessary to advance. The same resources apply if you are looking to transition from one field to another, though the move may be more difficult if you are starting with no experience in your desired field.

The number of interviews that you can receive is dependent on the number of companies that are aware that you are searching for a new job. If you have friends working at other companies, they may be able to inform you of unlisted openings or positions that will be open in the near future. You might also consider using a service that allows you to post your resume online. Services are available that will also allow you to upload a photo and video, which may be more engaging than the stack of resumes received daily in an HR director mailbox.

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