Five Things Unemployment Doesn’t Kill

by Bill on December 12, 2013

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If you’re about to become unemployed, or are already unemployed, remember it is not the end of the world; although it may seem like it. Problems will arise; and some may have already been there and were controllable up to this point. Other problems will show up out of nowhere. Don’t concentrate on those issues. Concentrate on these five things unemployment doesn’t take away from you instead.

From this point forward, use your knowledge and resourcefulness to get yourself to the next job.


Your ability to adapt and adjust to problems and situations doesn’t go away when you lose a job. When you are unemployed you still have these four traits learned while working.  

* Interaction and cooperation with others

* Skill learning

* Critical thinking

* Using available resources most effectively.

If you use what you have learned through problem solving and interaction with others, you are better suited to become part of the solution and not stay within the problem.

Self Sufficiency

Human nature is guided by the need for self reliance and independence. The job was a tool used to sustain self-sufficiency. Consider your abilities as being another tool towards self-sufficiency. You don’t loose those abilities when you become unemployed. Take a sheet of paper and write down those abilities; brainstorm and write down as many as you can come up with. Those are what will help you get the next job.   

Thinking and Goal Setting

When employed you are expected to think and set goals for whatever assignment you have. Most often goals are small, requiring minimal thought. Using what you have now still requires thinking and setting goals. The goals are different, but the thought process is still the same.

* What is the main goal to get the job done?

* What tools do I need to get the job done?

* What steps do I need to take to achieve the goal?

Unemployment simply requires using what you have in a different way to achieve new goals. The formula to reach those goals has not changed.

Work and Achievement

The definition of work is any action which creates a result; regardless of the monetary value it still creates a result. It does not have to be monetary to be a positive result. Using what you have gained in knowledge and experience from previous employers can help you achieve future goals and achievements. Here’s a short list of achievements to start with.

* Problem solving

* Goal setting

* Performance and analysis of recent actions.

* Responsibility and dedication to the task at hand.


When you can’t use one tool, use another. All of the tools you had when employed are still within you when unemployed. These five things allow you to stay alive and function as an individual. Using what you have learned from past experiences allows you to know your limits and set expectations for yourself. Setting goals and taking small steps to those goals will ultimately lead the way out of unemployment.

What lessons did you learn from being unemployed?  

William Swan, writer

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Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter December 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Unemployment does build up skills that you may not have had to exercise before unemployment. Ingenuity is one of them for sure. Oh and financial skills – because you may have to budget more closely and be more frugal to survive while you are in between jobs.
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