Looking for a new job is not an easy task. It can cause financial hardship, family strife, and fear of the future. There are ways to make the bumpy road of job searching less painful. It takes a bit of planning and a good deal of putting yourself out there, but it usually pays off in the end.
Preparation is the key to living between jobs. Most people don’t know when they are going to be laid off or need to go in search of a new job. That is why it is always best to be preparing while you still have your current job. Work on getting out of debt. Have a little food stored by buying a few extra canned or dried goods each week. Have money saved just in case by stashing $50 a month into a savings account (or more if you are so fortunate). Not having a job is hard enough. Planning for the possibility makes it easier.
Constantly be looking to see what work is available in your field and where. This way, when the unexpected happens, you will know what jobs in your field are available and where. Also be aware of what other opportunities are a possibility for you. If you have experience being a pet groomer, but no positions are available for groomers, try being a kennel attendant. It may not be what you’re used to, but it is an income. Eventually a grooming position may open up and you may be considered first.
Let people know you are, or may be, looking for a new job. Friends and family are usually more than happy to help you look. They know people in other industries or places. They may even know of the perfect opportunity for you, if only they know you are looking for an opportunity. Who knows, you may find a better job without creating a gap in your work experience.
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