Since the end of January 2011 to date (21/04/2011) I have been unemployed and looking for my next job as a town planning enforcement officer in the public sector. During the first few weeks I came across this site click here which I can truly say has kept me going. Here are my favorites:
1. eHow has a massive collection of articles that can help you learn everything from how to support a laid off spouse to how to claim unemployment benefits. It’s tough to find the quality articles, hopefully this will help.
5. I’m in like with you: Seriously, relieve the stress by playing games for a few hours and indulging in the fun. A MUST DO!
6 & 7. PlentyofFish and Okcupid: You need to get your mind off of losing your job and get out of the house and meet people. If you’re single, there is no better way than dating. PlentyofFish and Okcupid are both free dating services, making it cheap to find a date. Just make sure to pick an affordable date; I suggest a trip to the zoo. (Think I’m on both of them 😉 )
18. Freelance Writing Jobs: Blog and write for some extra cash and get some added exposure as a bonus (bigger bonus specially when going for creative or jobs in social media)
19. LinkedIn: Start at the world’s largest professional network and start contacting everyone who might owe you a favor, be in debt to you, or fear your wrath. It’s time to let the world know that you’re looking.
23. MeetUp: Even more networking homework for you, MeetUp is extraordinarily comprehensive in its listing of events and includes events for non-metropolitan areas.
24. Twitter: Oh yes, my favorite social media darling can also become your favorite networking darling in dire times. Use it to tell your followers you’re looking for a new opportunity, ask them to retweet, and then search twitter for relevant job keywords.
Don’t lose hope
When you are directly affected by the economic crisis, the most important thing to remember is don’t lose hope! There are jobs out there for hard-working, talented, clever individuals, but you’re going to have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and talk to every person you possibly can. I hope this post helps you or someone close to you get through this crisis. We’re all in this together.