Lack of funds is the #1 struggle to having no job. Feeling unproductive and bored is a close second, especially if someone is used to working.
For some, life is going along just fine. They may like or even love their jobs. Out of nowhere, it ends. Most sudden job ends come from corporate layoffs or firings. Often there are pre-clues, but it can be sudden. Sometimes it’s wilder, and their stories are extremely interesting. People have come to work and found business doors locked and the place abandoned. Sometimes the company was raided by law enforcement. Management was caught in illegal situations, had used the business as a cover for smuggling goods or drugs, embezzled, stolen things and more. These people find themselves jobless, in shock, and may even struggle mentally for unwittingly taking part in something immoral (and sometimes experience a stigma by future employers).
Let’s say Monday, an employee wakes at 4:30am. Due to their job, health, family and household obligations, they move until 9pm. Tuesday they suddenly get laid off. The days that follow, they are shocked, confused, and find gaps in their schedule, including free time during the day (potentially for the first time ever). Spending job search days just doing the minimum makes searching more difficult and mentally tough. A person may feel bored, worthless, unproductive, and even start to become depressed. Having more time to think about the situation can also increase grief over the job loss. (I’ll touch on job loss grief—a real phenomenon–in a future blog).
Being productive is extremely important to finding a fabulous new job; as well as maintaining personal health, good relationships, a nice home, and spending time positively. So during a search I recommend staying as busy as possible, and using joblessness as a benefit. Know you don’t have a problem; you have a short-term OPPORTUNITY to see and enjoy the daytime world. I don’t mean getting hooked on a soap opera, but use this time to volunteer for places like schools, community centers, events, organizations, parks, care facilities, churches, etc., attend daytime Bible studies, join a hobby or craft organization, take a daytime or community education class. Enjoy items that may work better during the day like fishing, exercising, boating, visiting the library, or helping others with rides. Clean and do yardwork. Visit a lonely person; call them or take them to lunch. Make appointments with your insurance agents, financial planners, banks, dentists, doctors, salons and more. Finish projects that are hard to complete at night, like painting your deck or re-tarring your driveway. Try new dinner recipes. Plan and lead family events. Learn a trade or skill. Read up on information. Add this to a proactive job search where you determine several potential fields to try, research organizations and speak with potential hiring managers.
Remember–you are God’s child, are important and special no matter your income, job title, or how you spend your days. However; we are often our own worst enemies. Make it easier to feel this in your heart by memorizing this Bible verse “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful” Proverbs 139:13, and by spending your time well.
Good luck job searching,
Beth Husom, GCDF