Spend time looking for a job, but also spend time working on you. Do exercises that de-stress you and take progress pictures. On interviews if they ask you what you've been doing since being unemployed then you can say that not only have you been looking to fill the job void but you've been working on improving yourself to create a better first impression. You'd be amazed at how far that can go especially the further along you get on your journey.
So sorry for your situation. I've been waiting since September while my company decides who will stay and who will go. They keep putting off the date that they will tell us. The latest news is that we will know at the end of this month.
Somehow, I'd rather know one way or the other - and get the stress all in one shot, like you - rather than have to endure all this waiting.
Well, I don't think the jobs paid "under the table" are qualified. :) Talk to your HR department and they should be able to provide you with the information to file for unemployment. The only downside to that is you can't temp or get a part-time job or else it effects the unemployment payment amount. Checking your budget and cutting out cable, lowering your data amount on your smart phone, selling things on ebay are great ways to manage money.
Kay - you've gotten some great advice, but I'd add that you need to plan out each and every day so that you don't have too much time to sit and do nothing. I felt best when took the time each evening to plan out the next day, making sure to spend time doing SOMETHING for my job search, whether it was networking, doing research on companies, resume polishing, or whatever.
If you need to get your finances in order, now's the time to do it. If you're worried about running out of money to pay the bills, look into doing whatever you need to to stay afloat, whether it's unemployment, food stamp assistance, selling things you don't need on eBay, or whatever. When I was laid off, I systematically made cuts to our budget until I was comfortable that our savings would last as long as possible.
You may also want to look into volunteering. Find an organization that does something you believe in and give them a call. Whether you're using your job talents or just doing grunt work, you'll feel much better if you aren't constantly focused on your problems.
As far as your weight and any bias against it (whether real or perceived), I'd say just do your best to dress professionally and in styles that flatter you as you are. Be prepared to play up your strengths and knowledge; any smart employer looks at those things first anyway.
Good luck---just remember that the door that just closed may have done so for a really good reason!
I didn't realize that there are jobs that do not qualify for unemployment. That will be way too depressing if I fall into that category. I am an Instructional Designer/Developer. I develop technology based learning that is distributed via the internet, mobile devices, etc.
That is definitely a great idea about the baked goods thank you. I will have to do that now. I have to make up a batch of cookies that I can send with each interview I have. I just need to make sure I get rid of them, because the last thing I need is cookies laying around here while I am out of work.
I will check into the tax businesses around the area to see if I can help in any way. That is a great idea.
My heart certainly goes out to you. I was laid off once a few jobs ago and it was the hardest thing I had been through. Luckily I got a job before the date came about.
I like the idea of sending a homemade thank you. It would certainly get my attention. Look into a temp agency or look for a headhunter. They can help with the resume and get you interview ready. The tax office may work as well since you can almost pick your own hours and you can still interview on the side.
sorry about your lay off - the advice given is well thought out and would be my advise as well.
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there are some seasonal jobs available right now with tax offices. Would that work for you? Many of them will train. Even if it's not permanent or f/t, it's something to help bridge the gap while you continue to look for a job.
I can only imagine how stressed you must be. Try your best to focus on the things you CAN control - applying for jobs, networking, taking care of yourself. Eating right and getting your exercise will build your confidence, and others will see that.
your Spark Page says you love to bake. When you get called back for an interview, maybe you could send a homemade 'thank you'? It helps to have something that makes you stand out amongst all the folks interviewed for a job.
On Monday I found out that the project I was working on would not be continued meaning that the eight of us on the project were being laid off. When I was told I had this sinking feeling. I am now in hot pursuit for another job, talking to realtors about short selling my house and trying to come up with ways to bring in more income. My last paycheck is February 15th and unless I get another job before then, that will be it for my income.
I am concerned now that when I go on interviews that no matter how qualified I am for the job, I will be rejected because I am at least 100 lbs overweight and 50 something. All of that stresses me out and I am desperately trying not to eat myself to death. I have the time to work on me and just cannot get the motivation to do so. Right now I just don't know what I should do. It is all I can do to put my feet forward.
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