Now that other PoP contributors have shared their unemployment, I will as well. I ironically was laid off a few weeks after starting my Recessionista series.
If you are unemployed or think your job is in jeopardy, here are some tips based on my experience these past weeks.
- Fix up your resume and start putting out feelers. Update and polish up your resume, and start talking to people in your field.
- Don’t be afraid to ask. It never hurts to ask people for things. You’d be surprised at the positive response. When I meet interesting people at networking events, I ask them to meet and tell me more about what they do. I mostly want to better understand what they do, what the skills are, and how they got there, but many of them gave me job leads or introductions to other people.
- Press 1 Once. At least in Maryland (I worked in Maryland and you file for unemployment where your office is), there are no in-person unemployment offices; everything is done on the phone or online. I had further questions and needed to speak with a person. I had called about 20 times and never received a person on the other end when I followed the prompt. I went to what I thought was the unemployment office in Wheaton (it is actually just a job resources center) and was told that if you only press 1 once, and do not follow the prompt, you will get a person on the line. That was probably the best tip I’ve received so far. After using this strategy, I got a person on the line and had my questions answered and problems resolved.
- Attend to Your Back-burner To-Do List. Like Tina talked about in her Jolt-n-Bolt review, this is a great time to do all the things you never had time for when you were working. Continues after the jump.
- Stay Busy and Get out of the House. I try to make one daytime plan and one evening plan everyday. I’ve been going to a lot of museums, meeting friends for lunch and coffee and walking around. I also exercise and volunteer a lot.
- Work Your Brand. Treat yourself like a business you are promoting. Make a card for yourself to hand out at networking events ($30 for 100 at Staples), make a blog highlighting your work (depending on your field), etc.
- Network, network, network. Get out and meet people. All of my interviews so far have come from personal connections. There are a ton of networking events around town – look into trade associations, alumni associations and industry networking events. I try to go to one a week.
- Follow-Up. After the networking events and interviews, follow-up with the people you met. Ideally email them within 48 hours.
Ed. Note: Obviously these tips may not apply to all particularly if you have a family and/or have been out of work for a long time, so relax Dave. Does anyone else have some suggestions or tips?
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St. Mary Armenian Church will hold its 75th Annual Armenian Fall Food Festival October 6-7 from 11am – 8pm at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church (4135 Fessenden St. NW). Traditional Armenian Food will be available for both Carry-out and Dine-in including Lamb and Chicken Kabobs, Cheese Boreg, Baklava and a wide variety of other delicious dishes. Traditional Armenian music and dancing on Saturday night and unique artisan vendors throughout the festival. Outdoor dining space is available as well as free on street parking. Can’t join us to dine-in? Order via link for carry-out with the link above.
At Generation Hope, we’re dedicated to supporting teen parents in college as they work toward earning their degrees. We are in need of caring child care volunteers for upcoming events on Saturday, October 21st (in Washington, DC), and Saturday, November 4th (in Arlington, VA). Join our growing volunteer community and support us at an event this fall!
At all of our events, we provide free onsite child care for the children of the teen parents we serve, creating a nurturing environment for the kiddos while their parents learn valuable life skills and build community.
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DC 20’s & 30’s Singles Happy Hour
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