Coping with being jobless during recession

April 22, 2009

Being jobless can be really gloomy. As time passes by without having any luck with a job search, your sense of self-worth slips and you begin to question your capabilities. Your accolades in the past will just wipe off from your memory and continue to sulk.

If you have been fired, or have been asked to leave, it doesn’t mean failure in the eyes of everyone else, even though you may feel depressed. If you lose a job, there are some steps you should take.

The most dangerous things one can feel being unemployed is the feeling of worthlessness. This can trigger deep depression. A person can get crazy and/or suicidal because of this. But this can be fought with doses of positive thinking and optimism.

It is normal to feel sad if you suddenly find yourself unemployed. Set a grieving period but as soon as it ends, think of only the now and the future. There’s much to be done and never let the past bog you down.

Don’t be a bum..A typical coping mechanism is just loafing on the couch, drinking brews and watching games and reruns of whatever program there is to watch. While you are missing out on possible job opportunities, you are also letting your health deteriorate.
Start a job search, now.

Just like when you’re starting out, job search do have some downtime in between interviews so try to do things that would lift up your spirits. Take on a hobby or some volunteer work. Exercise. Physical activity helps pump happy chemicals in your body that would help you boost your morale.

If there is an issue with money, list down your financial assets – your cash, deposits, and investments – and make a budget for the tough month/s up ahead. If you will be short on paying the utility and other bills, ask your creditors for some help during this tough time.

If you aren’t having any luck securing a stable long-term work, try exploring other options like consultancy and freelancing. There’s a lot of freelance work available. While it doesn’t present that long-term security, at least you’ll have something to tide you over for the time being.

Consider a career shift. The economy may have an effect on the viability of your field so why not try out other career paths. Who knows? Your current skill sets can be. Try consulting a career counselor for some precious advice.

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Formula for Success: Timely + helpful = getting paid

April 20, 2009

I had to book some tickets for a trip I was making. Researching the net, I finally came to Sulekha.com and added my number for travel agents in the area.

Sure enough, true to form, not more than 10 second later, I get a call from an agent who though not perfect in English, made the attempt for my lack of knowing the local language. In his broken English, we got along and I was soon nearing the end of my booking time.

I had gotten three missed calls from another number that had tried to buzz not even a few seconds after my first call began. Naturally, since I was on call, I ignored the tiny beep on the background of my phone. The agent I spoke to was helpful, and within minutes I had my booked tickets in my email.

Why had he gotten the business and the lady who later called didn’t? It was because he was prompt in responding to my query for help. And even after I hung up the call with the travel agent, the woman who had tried calling earlier was hardly helpful. When I asked her to speak in English, she simply hung up.

In my opinion, a formula for success is: timely + being helpful = getting paid and getting the job done! Kudos to that agent, may we all be as efficient and helpful as he.


Salaries being hiked by 12%, says Finance Minister?

April 1, 2009

On the 26th of March the Indian Government Legislation Party passed a bill that all Indian employees working for private companies will receive an automatic 10% raise against any and all jobs.

The 2009 Conversion of Recession Bill, said that government employees would receive a 12% salary hike in an attempt to retain the top talent that were crucial to facilitating a smooth-running country.

When reached for confirmation, the Finance Minister of India, declined to comment.

Whether or not this is the case, any hike in salary upgradation and promotions finance-wise is much appreciated by the general public thanks to the steady decline in job market trends and otherwise.

Globally jobs are diminishing, in thousands of companies employees are being let go and internationally, salaries are getting slashed by percentages. We at TimesJobs would like to reassure you that yes, there is no place like home, and no place then that which is tried and proven.

Hearing this new news may make many of you lose interest in TimesJobs. We would like to encourage you that with thousands of satisfied candidates, we promise to continue to bring you the best. Oh yeah, and Happy April Fools ;)! Get your salary hike by finding a new better paying job at TimesJobs.com