Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I Lost My Job and My Unemployment Benefits are Expired...Now What

     I hate to break it to you, but get a job!  Maybe get two jobs.  Employers in your industry are not hiring in your city, does this mean that you're a victim?  Of course not.  Remember, you still have options. 
     You're first option is to get two full-time (no-brainer) jobs.  During college I delivered pizza and earned nearly $20 per hour!  After you consider gas and vehicle depreciation, that still nets $15 per hour.  Many of my shifts were early evening until late night (5 pm until 1am), still allowing me time for class and studying.  This free time could allow you to take a job during the day.  I have a college friend that worked as a waiter outside of school.  He also took home anywhere from $10 to $20 per hour (depending on business).  If you could work 30 hours waiting tables and 40 hours delivering pizza at an average take home wage of $15 per hour, you would make $54,000 per year!
    If you aren't ambitious enough to work two jobs, then you better start looking elsewhere.  There are plenty of available positions to apply, just not in your city.  Maybe it's time to pack your bags and land a job in a new town.  Start looking from home before you make any leaps of faith.  Look for jobs across the U.S. at both Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com.  Before you go to an interview, make sure you get the Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Answers and study up!
    Another option is to start a business.  Many successful businesses were started due to a layoff or firing.  Think about all the skills and talents that you have accumulated over the years working for someone else.  If you can provide a quality service at a competitive price, then you're hired!  Create profiles on Elance.com and Guru.com telling prospective clients about your experience and talent.  Complete a couple of impressive projects and your reputation will bring more business.
    There are many ways to find success after losing a job.  No matter what you decide, do something now!  Don't wait for an opportunity to find you, mainly because it won't.

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