Unemployment is still over nine percent and the job situation doesn't seem to be getting any better anytime soon. Sadly, unemployment has become a way of life for many, and people are worried and don't know what they're going to. They can't pay their mortgages, car payments and other expenses. For these people who have hit rock bottom, they need to take their setback and use it as a setup for a comeback. Then take it from a comeback to turn it into greenbacks! Here are some suggestions:
The first step is to stop commiserating. It's amazing how much gloom and doom is out there right now around our current economy and unemployment situation. People who sit around and commiserate are the people who would rather complain about problems than do anything to fix them. Make up your mind that you will not willingly participate nor commiserate! You have a choice: you can sit around, talk about and keep repeating all the bad news, or go about making a difference and being a light in a dark world. Make a point that you will not sign up, line up or whine up about your employment situation. Do not buy into the gloom and doom!
Don't Let Your Pride Poison Your Prosperity
Stop trying to put up a facade of success and get real. Any work that is moral and legal is honorable. There are many companies that are hiring right now. Look at the classifieds in your local newspaper; it's full of help-wanted ads. To turn setbacks into comebacks will take some new thinking and new actions. If you keep doing what you have been doing, you'll keep getting what you have been getting. Often, what stops people from success is not their ability but their pride.
There's nothing wrong with taking a position that pays less than you previously made. It's more than you're making doing nothing. Even if you need to work at a fast food restaurant, bag groceries or do anything else you feel overqualified for, it's okay... just keep in mind that this recession is not permanent! This too shall pass! So...It's okay! In fact, it's more than okay; it will make you more employable. Right or wrong, some companies are only hiring people who have a job right now. The bottom line is it's not a forever thing and at least you'll be earning money in the meantime. Plus, who knows: you may learn a new skill, meet new people and change the direction you want to take your career.
Start Your Own Business
I tell people that now is the best time to become the CEO of Y.O.U. Inc. People don't realize that down times are some of the best times to go up, and one of the ways to do that is by starting your own business. If you can't find a job, make a job. Find out how you can use your expertise to serve people. What are other companies in your field doing that you could do better or differently? The key is to get creative and figure out how to attract business. It's important to realize that working for yourself takes discipline and for a while you will probably see yourself working harder than you ever have. Running your own company can also be the fastest way to financial success.
You Haven't Tried Everything
Many people who can't find work will say, "I've tried everything!" Then I ask, "Have you tried this, or have you tried that" and they say, "No...I haven't tried those things!" So the real truth is they haven't tried everything. I recommend you sit down with a piece of paper and write down everything you can possibly think of to land a job. After that, ask people in your network about ideas they might have. Keep thinking and keep looking for answers and you will find a way to make it happen.
Upgrade your network!
Who you are is often dictated by the people in your network. Many times it is your network that determines your net-worth and your job situation! Build a network of people who are big thinkers, because who you hang out with is who you will become! Who are you hanging with and sharing ideas with? Make a commitment to network with people who will inspire ideas and encourage your entrepreneurial spirit, because these people will have a major impact on helping you make a comeback.
In life there will be setbacks, downturns and challenges – not maybe, not might – but definite setbacks and problems. Yet it is important to remember that this is not personal, and it is not permanent. Everyone feels the pinch of an economic downturn; it is an equal opportunity plan. Yet in every burden there is a blessing, and if we are wise, it is out of these challenges that we can grow. Don't throw in the towel because this is not the time to quit. Tough times do not last, but tough people do!
Recession and depressions ALWAYS lead to progressions. Don't just Go through tough times. Grow through them. Don't just want to survive the tough times, make a decision to thrive in the midst of the tough times! Realize that although you might be having a hard time to find work, there are so many great opportunities out there right now, and that might mean just changing your approach, your attitude or direction you're looking.
As I tell my audience on Sirius XM each week, the best is yet to come!