Tips for Surviving Unemployment

Losing a job is not a fun experience for anyone. Not only are do you lose your salary, but you are also faced with losing the focus of your everyday life. However, you can recover from unemployment, and there are few great ways to cope with it as you seek a new career:

Get Your Unemployment Benefits

When you first become unemployed, you should immediately see whether or not you qualify for unemployment benefits. Unemployment benefits are a great way to supplement your salary until you are able to find a job, however, keep in mind that they do count as a regular salary and you will have to pay taxes on unemployment benefits.

Create a Routine

One of the biggest pitfalls of unemployment is the lack of structure. Whether we like it or not, we need structure in order to avoid negatively impacting our physical, emotional, and mental health. When you begin your unemployment, still set your alarm clock and be sure to get out of bed each morning when it sounds. Don’t spend all day in your pajamas either. Get dressed as if you have somewhere to be, and eat three regularly timed meals. Also take the time to get adequate physical activity.

Enjoy Hobbies

One of the downsides of employment is that it tends to take time away from activities we would otherwise enjoy. While you are unemployed, take advantage of the time you have off by pursuing some of the hobbies you may have placed on the back burner. Not only will this give you a way to occupy your day, but it will also give you a greater sense of purpose and may open doors to a new career option.

Continue to Look for Jobs

After becoming unemployed, many individuals begin to believe that they are no longer employable anyway. Don’t let one setback ruin your professional life for good. Continue to get up each morning and check out local classifieds. Because of the current job market, there are thousands of people rampantly applying for jobs each day. The quicker you jump on applying for newly opened positions, the more likely you are to secure an interview.


If you can’t work, you might as well volunteer. Volunteer experience can be just as beneficial on a resume, and it will give you a sense of purpose – not to mention, that you will be doing something for the greater good even in your time of need.

Set a Firm Budget

Unemployment benefits don’t last forever, and just because you are able to get a paycheck without working doesn’t mean that you should allow yourself to live like a king. In fact, many who receive unemployment get themselves in trouble by doing just that. Being at home all day, can actually prompt come individuals to spend more money on frivolous items and entertainment so they simply have an excuse to get out of the house. When you first become unemployed, set a strict monthly budget and stick to it.

Unemployment isn’t the end of the world – it’s just a detour. Although finances may become tight as you seek new employment, surviving unemployment can actually be a rewarding and enjoyable experience which may lead to new and better opportunities. Simply continue to take care of yourself so that your are mentally prepared when those opportunities present themselves.

So, have you ever been unemployed? How did you handle it?


Tips for Surviving Unemployment — 8 Comments

  1. Very useful post. I agree- finding yourself unemployed can knock your confidence and make you question your ability. After university, finding a job was tough and the months I spent unemployed brought me down a lot. Volunteering for a major UK charity was the best thing I could have done. It opened up my eyes to different career opportunities, boosted my self esteem no end and the experience made my resume stand out when applying for future roles. Don’t get disheartened! Take it as a time to learn and evaluate what you really want from life and work.

    • @Harri. Great comment. You never know how things will turn out so trying something different is important. I too have landed jobs that have spurred from a volunteer opportunity.

  2. Unemployment is the ultimate rejection. I experienced that and down time between consulting assignments. Sticking with a routine was one of the best defenses.

    • @krant cents. Sorry to hear you had to experience this first hand. I am glad you kept a positive attitude though. Sometimes it’s the challenges we face in life that teach us the most and better prepare us for the future.

  3. Did you know that many people go through life, never employed? To them it is a foreign concept.

    Start your own business, raking leaves, mowing yards, sewing and then it just grows as you provide a service at a reasonble rate. then you hire your friends and away you go! Be Creative, ask OLD people. Yes I know, but you might be surprised. It is not called Wisdom for no reason. You will be surprised how excited they will be to help and how much help they need! Visiting with them will pay!

    I am sure they teach you all about starting a business in school. If not demand your money back!!!

    Blessings in disguise

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