I can remember the only time I was left unemployed a few years back and how heartbroken and stunned I was. Had someone suggested I try a Walmart job back then, I would have jumped at the chance. Instead, I struggled and wandered aimlessly for about 2 months with no real plan to get back on track, and my unemployment compensation was barely covering my share of the family’s expenses.
Looking back, I learned quite a few things from my mistakes and I’d love to share them with you in the hopes it can help you get out of your unemployment rut.
The first thing I want to focus on is self-esteem. I remember feeling so dejected, rejected, and worthless at times in the eyes of my wife and kids. Here I was, in my early 30′s, with a new wife, a newborn baby, backed up on bills, and a pretty high rent (thank goodness it wasn’t a mortgage!).
The truth is, I was laid off because the company I worked for was going out of business, and it was really no fault of mine. I cursed and blamed them and quickly forgot what I needed to really do – focus!
I should have spent my energy on something more worthwhile like – finding a job. It took me a month to actually get on track to begin to look for employment, which brings me to my first point:
When you’re out of work, take no more than two weeks to get your head together. File for unemployment right away if you qualify, then go forward and don’t look back or dwell on the negatives in the past.
After that first month, I started to look in newspaper want ads, I put the word out that I was looking for a job through a very small network of friends, and I started looking on the internet. I really had no idea about what I was doing, I wasn’t organized, and I really wasn’t focused at all on anything except how, why, and why I shouldn’t have lost my job. This brings me to the next point:
Make a plan, get organized, and make finding a job at Walmart or anywhere else your job from 9-5. Ahhh – yes, this means you are working again (finding a job takes work)!
I have no doubt that by using these two principles, you will find yourself back at a job you love in no time, regardless of any rotten economy. The trick is to make finding work exactly that – your work! And while you’re at it, see if your qualifications match any job descriptions or opportunities at your local Walmart – you may be surprised to find it’s just the job you’ve been looking for!