Today I Woke Up With No Job (6 Tips to Survive Unemployment)

Written by  //  February 22, 2016  //  CAREER & MONEY  // 

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By Dena Bilbrew

Today I woke up with no job. This statement has been true for many people throughout their careers.What happened? Why me? What am I going to do? Why am I unemployed?  Each time lots of thoughts went through my mind.

Not having a job is directly correlated to your sense of self-esteem.  Do you have any idea how humiliating it is for someone to ask you where you work and you have to say, “I don’t have job” or “I was fired from my job.”  Trust me….it’s not a good feeling at all.  So here are a few tips that may help you cope with this time of unemployment and uncertainty.

1) Get Some Rest

When is the last time you slept past 9:00?  Well, now you can! It won’t be long before you are back in the “rat race” and having to set your alarm to get up, so enjoy your leisure lifestyle while you can.  You may have a spouse/children who depend on you and you still have to get up at a certain time, but you can make up for it by taking a mid-day nap.  Hey, you are paying to live in your home so be sure to get your money’s worth!!

2) Reassess Needs And Wants

Unemployment is a perfect time to reflect on what you really need and want in your career.  Do you want to switch industries? Do you want to work from home?  Do you want a short commute?  You can also take one of the many free career assessment tests online.  The more honest you are with yourself, the easier it will be for you to find a job that works best for you.

3) Develop a Plan

a) Update your resume/cover letter – You should let a professional do this because you have an emotional attachment to the information and may not be able to market yourself appropriately.

b) Upload your resume and setting up job search agents on websites – You should do a few general ones ( or and a few that are specific to your industry and city.

c) Saturate your network – Once you’ve updated your resume, send it to those in your network and let them know what you are interested in.

d) Apply for jobs – Even if you are 99% certain you will get the job offer, KEEP APPLYING TO OTHER JOBS!

4) Set Daily/Weekly Goals

If you are going to file for unemployment, they will have a weekly goal for you regarding job search activities.   But aside from that, you should set your own personal goals.  Looking for jobs can be a very monotonous process, so it is necessary for you to switch up your routine.  Some days you may get up first thing and look for a job and other times you may relax during the day and do your job searching at night.

5) Get a New Hobby / Stay Involved

Think about all the times you said, “I wish I had more time to _____________________.”  Now you do!  Take advantage of the extra time you have.  You can repaint your kitchen, go on your child’s field trip, or get a gym membership.  If you are already active in the community, be sure to stay involved as this will keep you motivated.

6) Reward Yourself For Your Accomplishments

Decide what an appropriate reward for yourself is.  For some it may be a manicure/pedicure or going out for a movie.  For others it may be a weekend trip out-of-town or front row tickets to a concert.  Either way you should have rewards for yourself. You still have to take care of yourself and your mental health.

As you get older and mature, you realize you are much more than what your job title says you are.   Use this time to really get to know yourself. I know it doesn’t feel good right now, but it will work out for your good.  Now let me boldly proclaim to you what I have had to whisper several times to myself….hold on, the best is yet to come!


Dena BilibrewHeadshot_bw_912Dena Bilbrew has given career advice to 3000+ people nationwide.  Her keen ability to connect with people is due to the changes in her own career, which were the result of being laid off twice due to downsizing.  With each layoff she realized the value of “reinventing” yourself.

Dena began mentoring others as a Store Manager where she managed 40+ employees.  Later, she became a Career Planning Instructor and eventually transitioned to higher education as the Assistant Director of Career Services.

Dena launched DB Professional Concepts, LLC to assist professionals who are unemployed and underemployed gain the skills and confidence needed to have the career they desire.   She truly believes that people really just need 2 things – confidence and a chance.  Confidence comes from knowledge and a chance comes if you position yourself correctly.  For personalized career assistance, please go to

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