Unemployment Definition with 50+ Employment Tips 2019
Unemployment only means you are not working for someone. It does not imply that you and your skills are useless. Should you have required acumen and skills, consider opening a home-based business. Alternatively, you can also opt for various work-from-home jobs that can easily be found on various part-time and freelance job websites.
Unemployment often strikes people without much warning. Those lucky get a notice and some compensation for being laid-off while others do not. Unemployment for any reason comes loaded with a plethora of problems. This blog firstly explains Unemployment Definition and then explains 50+ New Employment Tips for unemployed peoples in 2019.
The first casualty is your finances: with future income uncertain, you may find grappling to make ends meet and be forced to downsize your lifestyle.
Additionally, being unemployed carries the burden of searching and applying for new jobs, without guarantees of getting one quickly. Thirdly, unemployed people are also frowned upon by the society for whatever the reason, which dents their self-confidence and courage.
All these elements can leave you mentally and physically drained. Unless steps are urgently taken to redress the situation, unemployment can become a huge bane.
However, there are several ways and means that enable you to make the best out of unemployment. In fact, it opens newer and hitherto unexplored opportunities in your life. With proper planning and ingenuity, you can turn employment from bane to boon.
Being happily unemployed can be fairly easy. All you will require is a great schedule on how to spend the day- especially the extra eight to 10 hours that would otherwise have gone towards commute and work.
You can utilize this free time for several constructive, gainful activities, as we will highlight in this article. Make a schedule based on your regular work hours and add the activities highlighted below to derive maximum benefit from your unemployment.
You would definitely have maintained a schedule while working. Being unemployed need not be a reason to abandon it. All you need do is find sufficient activities to keeps you busy for those hours.
Utilize the time you would have otherwise spent on commuting to engage in activities that promote fitness and personal well-being. Try activities such as jogging, walking, bicycling and Yoga to cover the extra one or two hours of the day.
Maintaining physical fitness during days of unemployment is extremely vital. It helps you overcome depression and negative thoughts that accompany the loss of work and related uncertainties.
A period of unemployment is usually the best to acquire new skills while fine-tuning existing ones. Thanks to the Internet, there are several free online courses available in various sectors.
Find a course that best suits your interests and qualifications. Acquiring new skills and honing those you possess helps find better jobs in the future.
It also ensures your skills do not become outdated and redundant over a period of time. Look for free or paid internships that enable you to put newly acquired talents to test.
Such internships keep you fruitfully engaged and can also net some income when unemployed. The money can defray household expenses to some extent. Include a time you will allow during the surplus hours for this purpose.
Perform Household Chores
Invariably, there are lots of things around the home that require attention. These may have been neglected over a period due to lack of time while you were working. Unemployment presents the excellent opportunity to get your home ship-shape. Several household tasks and chores do not require specialized workers.
There are lots of plumbing and electrical repairs that you can do with a simple toolkit. Helping your spouse in domestic chores or learning to cook if living alone is also enjoyable and helps keep depression at bay when unemployed. They serve to restore self-confidence and leave you with a sense of accomplishment.
Include some time of your daily schedule to job searches. Generally, job searches can be very stressful: they require browsing through various recruitment portals, registration, posting your resume and applying for any suitable jobs you may come across.
Take time to rewrite your resume and create an excellent profile that attracts employers. Look for various types of sample resumes posted online and draft one that best serves your needs. You can also create a good LinkedIn profile and join networks of professionals related to your industry.
Nowadays, job portals carry a lot of articles related to different industries, profiles of companies and their leadership, industry and salary trends and tips and tweaks on how to succeed at interviews. Reading these free online resources prepares you better for facing an interview.
Should you have the time, engage in some voluntary work for a charity, senior citizens home, orphanage or institute for children with special needs. Though this work is unpaid, it works miracles for your confidence.
Other than imparting a sense of being useful to society, such work also helps you stay positive despite adverse circumstances that follow unemployment. Voluntary work keeps you mentally alert and physically agile.
It helps to view life from an altogether different perspective by working with people who are lesser fortunate. Social work also connects you to like-minded people in your area and broadens social circle.
Quality Time with Family & Friends
Stress and strains of routine life when employed usually forces everyone to spend limited time with family and friends. You can reverse the situation when unemployed by allotting a few hours of your daily schedule to spending quality time with spouse, kids, siblings, and parents.
Also, strengthen ties with your social circle by meeting friends occasionally. Play indoor games with family and your favorite sports with friends. Strengthening family and social bonds is something that we ignore while employed. You can reverse the trend and boost relationships when unemployed.
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Aim for the Jackpot
Starting a small home-based business is easy if you have the required paraphernalia, skills and some money to invest. Remember, every great business started small. Acumen and determination of their founders made it prosper and achieve great heights. You too can look at these businesses.
Indoors and outdoors. The expression, “sound body, sound mind” is true. You will feel better and stronger. Studies show you will live longer and feel and look younger as you age. It will make you feel more sexual. It will give some routine to your week. It will teach you about pushing yourself. It can be at a local Y.
It does not have to be expensive. It can be walking, running, swimming, whatever it is. Make whatever you do physically easy for you (nearby) and pleasurable. And vary it.
Go hiking when away. Or try horseback riding when traveling. Something to feel new muscles in your body. All that movement will revitalize your cells and circulate fresh blood.
DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS
They can be hard to bring to fruition. They don’t materialize into reality without many years and much effort. But never stop believing in them and trying. The reason? It is the fiber of you and the juice of you. Live your dreams as if you have already achieved them. In other words, be your dream.
Your dream(s) may not ever bring success, through no fault of your own, but even the living of them is successful living. You can represent that standard for others, the standard of to thine own self be true, and that itself is a gift to the universe. Don’t abandon yourself. If you don’t, others won’t.
FACE YOUR WORRIES
They are usually much worse in your mind than in reality. Confronting the truth will lead to realistic solutions whereas ignoring them can lead to magical thinking. Optimism is good, blindness is not.
Often we don’t look our problems because we don’t want to change. But often those changes can be the best thing that ever happened to us because we took care of ourselves and those changes can open us to new adventures and to being in the right place.
In addition, we often hide our worries because we think we might be a burden to people. But if we are open and truthful with people we trust, people will offer guidance or consoling words that will give us hope. It can change the whole picture. So be open about your worries first with yourself, where you write them down, and really wrestle with solutions.
Then discuss your solutions and ideas with friends or family and see if they will stimulate even more interesting options for you. You will find yourself encountering the new in yourself and the new in life and that is Eros.
DON’T FOCUS ON MONEY BUT DON’T IGNORE IT
We can’t live without it, sadly, but it should not be our reason for being That said, we do have to deal with the reality of its demands. The way to do that is live by your beliefs. Some people believe in living as if they have money when they don’t and this is the life that makes them feel best.
Some feel much better saving as much as they can. It depends a lot on what you have seen and probably on how you were brought up. Some people are drawn to luxury and some are not.
But whichever way you like to live, Pay your bills. Accept gifts. Give gifts. Pay attention to your work. Always be doing something to enhance your income, if you need to. There is no sin in working a lot if you need to.
It is better than being mired in debt. Work at what you love to pay your bills but work hard so you do pay your bills. Give yourself affordable treats and be willing to change if you have to.
BE COMPASSIONATE TO OTHERS, AND TO YOURSELF
You will hear difficult stories. People recovering from sex and drug addiction. People who were raped. People who are just getting older. People who know they have to change their lives but are frightened to do so.
Every day will be full of these stories. If you can come from healing and love, then these experiences will be transformed into experiences that will enrich you. You will be engaged in turning difficulty into intimacy and light.
This is Eros. In fact, it is your connection to eros, to goodness and joy and beauty, that will do the transforming.
Most of us, to recover from something, can only solve the dilemma by moving to what energizes us, toward what we believe in and what will feed us in a deep way. So be that person who lights the way for others, and for yourself, when you are low and need some guidance.
So much of life requires this. Patient about meeting your mate and then patient with your mate when you meet him or her. Patient about monies coming in. Patient about bringing your dreams and aspirations to fruition. Most of us are less versant with patience because of technology.
We think everything should move at the pace of our texts and emails but relationships, deals, projects, and decisions don’t move at the same speed as devices.
If you are feeling drained and unsettled as you “wait,” know that while you wait, something is working itself out. Other people ’s fears, decisions, strategies, and efforts. In the end, you will get what you want in the way it is meant to come to fruition
DON’T EAT A LOT
Eating sparsely will keep you not only slender but also keep you alert. Food is a drug too and can be a way not to feel. We stuff something in our mouth rather than feel hunger or craving for what we really are craving. Better conversation? More free time? More sovereignty over our life?
Touch? Whatever is beneath the desire to eat too much, if allowed to come to consciousness, is something we can feel and heal and change so our lives are more full of eros. We all have to eat, but keep it simple. Vegetables, fruits, fish.
Try and eliminate too many sweets and bread since they are not good for your metabolism. Birds eat many small meals and fly all day. Eating heavy meals will just make you fall asleep. Eat lightly, healthily and enjoy a feeling of wellbeing. When you feel healthy and slim, you will feel more erotic and more available to engage in life.
AVOID THE PHONE
I meant speaking on the phone when it interrupts what you need to be doing for yourself. Don’t let others pull you from your work or responsibilities. Don’t spend all your time checking your phone and not focusing on being here, now. So many people reach out to distract themselves from their own chaos. You don’t need to engage in that.
Of course be there for loved ones, but manage your time so that you have time to work, read, walk, see the world around you. If you care for yourself in this way, you will feel more alive and in charge of your own life, which is a form of Eros.
The Part-Time Owner
Maybe you started a second company. Maybe you have someone else running the business. Maybe you can get to a point where you will no longer need to work.
Maybe you want to workout 2 hours in the morning, have a luxurious lunch in the middle of the day, stroll into the office for 2 hours, and then hang out with friends. Or maybe you have another job and you just need this company to run on the side with little effort.
Wherever you land, you worked hard for this and you should not feel guilty. As such, provided your business is in good shape (and the word “good” is subjective, here), you shouldn’t fear to take a little time to explore other adventures.
Provided, of course, anyone that depends on you is well taken care of. In this blog, we’ll look at some ways to disengage while still managing to keep the lights on and the people happy.
A Part-Time Job
If you haven’t grown beyond what one person can do, then doing consulting isn’t a part-time company to run, it’s a side job. You are moonlighting, participating in the gig economy, and can run the business that way.
Especially if that’s what you want out of this thing. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. This is your business and you should give yourself permission to run it any way you want.
If you have aspirations of growing to a point where you can move into consulting full-time, then you should build a plan to do so. But if you’re perfectly happy having a side job, then, by all means, there’s no reason to go any further.
This means you should keep it simple. Don’t engage in hiring employees, don’t make long-term contractual obligations, and, most importantly, have fun with it. You can always decide to grow the company later.
And if an opportunity to pick up that one big customer that makes the company an instant success comes along, you can re-evaluate where you are in life and whether you want to make a go of being a full-time consultant.
I’ve found a number of jobs mesh well with consulting. I know few software developers that don’t also write apps or websites on the side for customers. I know none who don’t occasionally hate it when they have a deadline that causes them to work crazy hours because they have a day job.
I know teachers who love consulting after-hours. Even though they’re not really supposed to, I know plenty of people who work at an Apple Retail Store and then work with the occasional person at their home or small office. In short, these are traditional moonlighting gigs.
I also know people that have a few different part-time jobs going at once.
There are Uber and Lyft drivers who help people with their Macs, lawyers who write software while bootstrapping startups, actors and musicians who show people how to use Garage Band on the side, people who care for children a couple of days a week and write little apps for customers (which they learned to do to track the swimming lessons they give at the YMCA).
Sites like Craigslist and desk have opened up a lot of possibilities, and a lot of these people like the flexibility of taking time off whenever they want.
There are some things to be careful of, though. Don’t overburden yourself. It’s easy to take on too much work and get burnt out on doing several jobs at once. When you do, it’s easy to let quality slip on each of the jobs and burn bridges. It also violates the golden rule that you should always be having fun.
One thing that can help with overcommitting is to keep within your skillset. Estimating tasks is easy when you know how to do them. For the things you don’t know how to do, get some referral partners. These are people with skill sets that are complementary to yours but not necessarily overlapping.
For example, if you’re asked to edit a home movie but don’t know Final Cut or iMovie, then have someone in your phone to whom you can pass that type of work. You should be stretching your skills to keep from a monotonous existence but doing so in a deliberate way when possible.
Will you come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays or work half days? How can the customers or your team reach you when you’re doing other things? Especially in the beginning, it’s important to impose a communication plan and set an expectation of what customers and employees can expect.
Another good way to keep from overcommitting is to have certain hours where you work with each type of business.
For example, spend Tuesdays and Thursdays with your Apple customers and the other days of the week with your other businesses. Or write code for customers from 8 PM to 10 PM each evening. This way you can easily communicate what they can expect and when.
When you take on projects, communicate when a customer should expect any necessary deliverables. Hourly consulting is easy, as you usually show up, do some stuff, and leave. If you’re working on projects for customers from home or coffee shops, make sure to communicate early and often when deliverables will be delayed.
Put Someone in Charge
Someday you might end up with too much work. You might end up with other companies you want to start. That’s when it’s time to let someone else run parts of (if not all of) the company.
This is delicate, as in many cases, the company has been your baby for a long time. But if you do it right, you’ll have a much better experience than if you try to micromanage everything because you feel guilty for not being there.
Find Someone to Run the Company
You’ve decided to put your baby in someone else’s hands. How do you find the right person? This is probably the single hardest thing you can do. Harder than the first person you hired, even.
We often look for someone just like us. But that’s likely not going to happen; after all, if they were just like you, they’d be staunch competition. But think of who you might want to put in charge. And interview a few of the following types of candidates:
An internal candidate: Probably the most likely, and often the best choice if you’ve had someone involved in your company for a long time who is intimately aware of every facet of the organization. Usually, internal candidates have been watching you for a long time and understand why you have made the decisions you’ve made up to this point.
These are great candidates for maintaining the status quo. But one thing you really want to hear from them is that they want to grow professionally in the ways that you need them to grow to lead the company, usually when it comes to business acumen.
A business guru: Usually someone coming from an operational role at a larger company, business gurus will often focus on efficiency—getting more out of staff.
If you are looking at someone like this, make sure they think of how the staff will feel, what customers will think of a focus on margin, etc. And make sure they still look to sales, not just expanding business within existing accounts.
A sales guru: Most people that come from a sales background are most concerned about making it rain, whatever the consequence. The great thing here is that as owner-operators, many engineers don’t have backgrounds in sales. The problem can be that someone who is hyper-focused on sales will frequently not concern themselves with margin.
This can leave your company operating in the red, even while billing way more than ever before. When you’re putting someone from sales in charge of running the company, make sure to teach them the intricate areas that negatively impact margin, and be clear about the margin you expect the company to run it.
A subject matter expert: This might be another consultant, someone from a larger company, or an expert in the field. The subject matter expert might need to learn about marketing, public relations, human resources, etc.
They will instantly have credibility with the staff and be capable of taking the reins on a technical level; however, I strongly recommend having two meetings a week with them to provide the business and sales guidance that is necessary to run a company.
When you appoint someone to run parts of your company, the most important thing is to set expectations and boundaries. The expectations are what you want to see as output for the company. Consider the following as some of the expectations to set:
Set a sales target: This is the most common metric that outgoing owners focus on: how much money are customers paying you? It’s not all that should matter, though, as we’ll explore.
Define the margin the business should run at: This is a simple way to gauge the income and amount spent in a simple percentage. Just make sure you define what constitutes each (e.g., accrued revenue versus earned revenue, cost of goods sold, GAP rules, etc.).
Set a goal for a total number of new customers: If the organization starts focusing on cross-selling within customers then it will be easy to look healthy on paper without thinking about a future set of customers.
Define the type, or classification, of work to focus on:
Bringing in the right type of revenue is just as important as bringing in revenue. For example, a Managed Service Provider should be bringing in managed services customers, not project-based work. A windfall of project-based cash can be great but leave the monthly recurring revenue light after a while!
Start off with a weekly or monthly plan. Routinely review new sales, accounts receivable, accruals, and accounts payable with the new leader of the organization. Once you feel comfortable, you can start meeting less frequently.
However, in the beginning, stay engaged without causing your prodigy to feel claustrophobic. Unless, of course, there are issues in the business.
When Things Aren’t Going to Plan
Sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned. Sales might start slipping, costs might start rising, retention of employees or customers may start dipping. Don’t let any detail go without attention, especially early in the process of turning your baby over to someone else.
When things aren’t going to plan, the most important thing is that you show discipline when analyzing what’s going on. That sets a tone that you’ll be fair in dealing with the challenges that are expected in any business.
Business is fun. We make strategies that align with our organization’s goals and we then implement tactics that position us for success. Then after patience and hard work, when everything goes our way, we triumphantly watch our efforts bear fruit. And then we pivot and do the whole thing again.
Sometimes things don’t go our way. Maybe the strategy was wrong or the tactics weren’t implemented correctly. Maybe we had the wrong people in key positions. Maybe we found success, but what we considered success didn’t line up with what our organization actually wanted us to be doing.
Maybe it did line up, but the organization is changing (and all organizations are always changing). Either way, things will eventually change. And how we cope with change can shape the perceptions of those around us, as well as the satisfaction that our teams garner from their jobs.
A natural inclination of many these days is to complain to peers about changes in the organization. But while cathartic, complaining about change can brand you as being change-averse, or inflexible. Complaining will infect your team. Complaining will make you look incapable of getting on board with the new way.
Complaining about change will, in short, hurt your career. But you need to do something, right? And it can be cathartic to complain about change. But don’t. Instead, let’s look at a few things you should do.
Celebrate success: It’s easier to handle change when you know that you weren’t doing anything wrong before. It’s important to celebrate past accomplishments.
That way everyone knows that their efforts were appreciated by the organization. This can provide closure to the old way in a positive manner and prepare everyone for what’s to come.
Formulate a new strategy:
Armed with information about where the organization wants you to go, analyze the gap between where you are and where you’re going—and how to get to the destination.
There’s no reason to operate in a vacuum. Instead, work with your peers and team to build a new strategy that everyone can agree on. After all, your team can’t be fully bought- in unless they have some say in the strategy you’re asking them to implement.
Be transparent: Transparency will not only arm your team with all of the information they need about why you are implementing a new strategy, but it will also keep staff from being concerned about their place in the new framework you’re building.
Devise tactics: You have a strategy, now you need a plan to implement that strategy. The tactics you choose should be bought-in by every level of the organization. These should include any process changes and the expectation (both inputs and outputs) of the new tactics.
Communicate, communicate, communicate! Once you’ve developed a strategy and how the strategy will be implemented, communicate the changes to everyone. This includes your team, but also those above you (as they should approve of both the strategy and the tactics) and those lateral to you (as you’ll likely impact them).
Once you’ve spent the time to formulate a new strategy, stop and appreciate the work that’s been done. Publicly thank those who helped you. Think of any time you could have spent complaining about the changes, and how much you could have accomplished in that time had you instead been getting feedback about what was desired of you and how you could deliver.
You’ll quickly find that you were much more productive in the time that you would have otherwise spent making yourself look bad to anyone standing around the water cooler listening to you.
Complaining doesn’t really help anything. We’ve all done it, though. And it can help us to cope with change. And sometimes you need to do so—especially when you feel like your time has been wasted.
But keep it to a minimum and be careful who you complain to, especially if you’re in a position of management. That way you can get on with getting productive again. Once a new strategy is in place that the organization appreciates more than the old strategy, you’ll likely find that you’re better off than you otherwise would have been!
Instead of complaining, we’re going to start with a common analysis technique to get to the bottom of an issue in the office: The 5 Whys.
The 5 Whys
The 5 Whys technique is used to find the root cause of a problem. That problem might be a software defect (when writing software) or a failure in a business process.
Basically, ask why something happened. Then, use the answer to ask why again, and repeat the process a few more times. Usually, you find the root cause analysis within 5 whys. For more complex problems, it might take 7.
The goal of root cause analysis is to get to the bottom of something. Let’s take accounts receivable as an example. Let’s ask our series of questions:
\ 1.\ Why is the company operating in a negative cash flow situation?
\ a.\ Because accounts receivable are too high (over $1,000,000).
\ 2.\ Why are accounts receivable over $1,000,000 for the first time in the history of the company?
\a.\Because the company has a number of customers who are disputing their bills.
\ 3.\Why are customers disputing their bills?
\a.\ Because multiple trips were required to fix a single issue that customers claim shouldn’t have taken multiple trips.
\ 4.\ Why is quality dipping (or at least why is there a perception that it is)?
\ a.\ We have a bunch of new people on staff to replace people that left.
\ 5.\ Why did we experience high amounts of turnover recently?
\ a.\ Because the owner isn’t around, employees aren’t getting paid enough, or they all found better jobs.
There, it’s my fault! Either that, or we’re not keeping our teams engaged, not compensating them enough, or there is a shift in the industry for our geography.
The result is going to be different for everyone, but note that here we went from cash flow to turnover, a common link. In this case, settling the customer quality issues should happen immediately, and we should make moves to increase retention.
The first way to analyze problems that we’ll look at is SWOT. SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. SWOT is best when used proactively, but we can use it to analyze reactively as well. We can use SWOT to look at risks and then link those to what went wrong.
First, let’s define the components of SWOT.
Strengths are attributes that give you an advantage over organizations (most likely your local competition).
Weaknesses are attributes that put you at a disadvantage.
Opportunities are areas you can exploit based on your strengths.
Threats are areas your competition can exploit based on your weaknesses.
Start off with deciding what the objective of the analysis is. Think of this as the title and try to summarize it as succinctly as possible. Then draw a grid and label each box with one of the elements: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
Then fill in the boxes. In my experience, a lot of things make sense once you’ve gone through the exercise, and if not, it’s easy to solicit feedback on what should go where from others!
There are tons of other ways to go about looking at what you are going to do or what you did and analyzing results or planned results. The most important aspect of these is to think critically about the business in a structured manner.
I like to go through this stuff independently with people from teams I’m on. This gives me not only my own analysis but also how others think about the same topics.
Once you review what went wrong it’s time to come up with a hypothesis for how to correct the situation. This hypothesis results in an attainable solution, SWOTs help you plan responses based on the possible outcomes of implementing your solution. The main objective here is to provide meaningful responses and not to just fill in the blanks.
Millions of people worldwide are happily unemployed today because they utilize their time for self-development and home-based businesses. You too can do the same and overcome any hardships that accompany the loss of a job.
Thousands of unemployed people find lucrative work-from-home projects through crowd-sourcing platforms. Often, income earned through work-from-home jobs, small home-based businesses and crowd-sourcing can help you earn much higher than a regular job.
Maintaining a schedule that includes the elements mentioned above ensures physical and mental wellness. Scheduling your day when unemployed and engaging income related activity is the key to beating all evils that accompany the loss of work.
You can always find someone to run your company. You might not want them to once you’ve found them, as you might miss running things. And no one will ever do as good a job as you would do. Never publicly admonish the person you put in place to run your organization. Privately, offer feedback.
While not easy, moving to oversee a business rather than running a business can be one of the most rewarding quests of your career. You can be free to do a variety of things like finally take a vacation, or start another company. Just keep in mind that usually, being a part-time owner will result in fewer sales and performance from the organization.
And the long- term implication is often that the business will not last forever, so make sure to treat those you leave behind well, retard growth, and keep the business going so you can best take care of everyone who has chosen to spend their time with you.