We’ve all been there…
Whether we’ve been laid-off, fired, or we’ve told our bosses we quit. We’ve all tasted the better pill of unemployment.
More often than not… most of us aren’t prepared when unemployment puts a halt to making a living. This causes many of us to panic, fall into depression, and make bad decisions.
Now there’s no blueprint on how to respond in the face of financial obstacles. For everyone who has been unemployed, the quick solution is to find employment as quick as possible.
It may only take weeks, or a number of months, but everyone facing unemployment searches for new opportunities their own way… unfortunately, not every way is the best way.
HERE ARE 3 MISTAKES WE MAKE WHEN WE’RE UNEMPLOYED
1. FINDING A NEW JOB IS NOT A FULL-TIME JOB!
My uncle used to always say, “A poor man has no leisure time,” and when you’re unemployed… every day not working is the fast track to poverty. When we’re unemployed, we usually tend to hold on to our social activities as if we were still employed…wasting valuable time. Putting in a couple of applications a day will keep you unemployed longer. If you were working eight hours a day, then you need to search for new jobs eight hours a day… if not more.
2. BEING TOO PROUD TO WORK
In the midst of the recession in 2008… I was blessed to have a conversation with a millionaire. During our talk, he shared with me something that surprised me… and I’ll never forget. He shared that he would never go broke, because he would flip burgers to keep food on his table until he saved enough to start a new business. There are those who are unemployed, that will remain in that situation because they will turn their noses up at jobs they are over qualified for. It’s wiser to humble yourself to survive… than to bankrupt yourself waiting on a title.
3. BAD TALKING YOUR PREVIOUS EMPLOYER
I believe we’ve all made this mistake. It’s one thing to bad mouth the previous employer who fired you, or laid you off… it’s another to bad mouth that employer on a job interview. Now I know it’s extremely difficult to hold that animosity inside when you’re asked, “Can you share your experience with your previous employer?”… but there is a lesson I learned. When you’re in an interview, the person interviewing you will ask you that very question… just to see what type of character you have. If they see you were fired, or laid-off… they want to see if you will take ownership, or throw the blame on your previous employer by bad mouthing them. Trust me… no matter what went down, take the high road.