Today I Woke up with No Job (continued)

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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!

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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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