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How Not to Lose Efficiency During Unemployment?

Every statistic points towards losing a steady income as one of the key causes of anger, depression, health deterioration, fear and anxiety in today’s adult population of the United States, if not of the rest of the world. While anxiety of the future is difficult to shake off, if you find yourself or a loved one in such a position, keeping your self-esteem up, being as efficient as possible and having a purpose through this time is extremely important. Even though the tension can seem to be overwhelming, it is important for you to keep up a routine, taking part in activities that will not only help you survive the period of unemployment but also have you walk out on the other side stronger and prepared.

Acceptance is essential, as is the understanding that it isn’t a permanent setback and with time and effort you will be able to get your life back in order. Though changes and budget cuts must be made, they are only valid until you bounce back.

Support Systems

Even if your reflex is to pull away and withdraw from those closest to you, remember that for mental stability as well as monetary help, these are the people who will be able to help most. Social stigmas do exist and they cannot be done away with, but never underestimate the positive impact of social interaction – a friend who listens without judgement can be a powerful stress relief and a mentor or guide will be able to give you advice, all of which will be out of reach if you withdraw from your circle of friends.

Physical Exercise

Now is the time to make up for your lost time at the gym or morning jogs. Not just a great way to create a new routine and keep in shape, physical exertion releases antidotes to relieve stress and relax muscles – the endorphins released when you run are enough to boost your mood, as is the satisfaction of getting rid of anger and frustration with a little kickboxing!

Not to Lose Efficiency During Unemployment
Running is one of the Best Exercise

The To-Do List

What next? Here is a 8 point plan to keep you occupied, organized, positive and focused, allowing you to concentrate on what is most important – your strengths.

1.   Space and time

The first thing that most people who are unemployed begin to miss is their own workspace – the room, cubicle, cabin or even just the desk. Start by setting up a room or corner for yourself at home where you can keep the files important to you, access the web, and focus on the task at hand.

We know distractions at home are inevitable, but it’s important to create a niche for yourself as soon as possible. If your daily tasks include familial obligations, carve out a little ‘me’ time as well, and stick to giving yourself a few hours towards being productive. You can choose to be a part of a co-working space close to home as well, where freelancers from different fields work in a space outside of their homes to be a part of a community even though their jobs don’t call for it.

2.   Self-motivation tactics

Determining career goals, listing out priorities both in life, finances and work preferences, and having a checklist to keep you focused can all be powerful self-motivators. The time you spend hunting for work is a job and must be treated like one – with fixed hours, networking and daily requirements.

3.   Other channels of productivity

Productivity and resume building is not only about concrete work experiences – companies are flipping through piles of applications in search of out-of-the-box initiatives, volunteer work, socially responsible acts with non-profit organizations and small entrepreneurship projects and apprenticeships.

Don’t focus on only the monetary benefits, it’s a good idea to develop skill sets and learn new things through short courses and certificate programs; the world is rapidly changing, as are the requirements for each field of work, especially in terms of technology.

4.   Portfolio, CV, Resume

Now is your chance to update and rework on your portfolio, list your strengths and add skills to your CV and Resume. Self-assessment is a part of the process, boosting your confidence in yourself, as well as allowing others to see you for all that you are capable off.

5.   Additional letters

Offbeat applications are all about that little extra something, so add letters of recommendation, intent, and excellence to your portfolios. A simple typed letter letting the company know why you want the job, why this particular post is perfect for you and what you will bring to the table can make all the difference.

6.   Upcoming interview preparation

It’s a good idea to network, talk to others who have been through the same process and look online for sample questions and interview preparatory information. The entire application process aside, many get rattled during the interview, lose their train of thought or choke-up because of fear.

Practice with friends and family or in front of a mirror if that is more comfortable, and know that the individual in front of you is not out to get you.

7.   Research

Broaden your horizons, look at opportunities outside of the classified section in the daily news, and apply for jobs that may not fall under your exact expertise or previous area of work. Try and see where your other strengths may help, ones that may not necessarily by academic in nature. From building a strong portfolio to understanding your aptitude and going through the application process, research through conversations with people, media, and the internet is always of great help.

Look at which companies are of most interest to you, and get to know about the space you are working towards – extra information will take you a long way when you are faced with an interview panel.

8.   Be prepared

Don’t wait for the phone to ring before you get together your documents and run through interview questions – prepare in advance for any such event and be ready to walk out the door at even a moment’s notice.

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  1. I applied for unemployment in New Mexico because I wasn’t getting my full-time hours and my checks were never correct I was constantly fighting with the company now I’ve exhausted my unemployment benefits and they sent me a questionnaire about my work and it says adjuctation what does that mean.. I am extremely frightened

    1. Amal,

      Adjudication is like an “Appeals” process. You may be asked to present facts and paperwork relating to your claim. If everything is fine with your claim, please face it with confidence. You’ll be given a sound hearing.

    1. Carolyn,

      If this is your initial claim, it will take a min. of 7-10 business days for the determination to be made. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

    1. David,

      Please let us know the state you’re writing from. You can also visit the Unemployment Office’s official website for phone numbers.

    2. My initial unemployment benefits run out next month. How long does it take for the extension to be determined? As I havent found suitable work. And have met all requirements to find employment. Filed in TX. If I qualify for benefits do I automatically qualify for an extention?

      1. Le,

        The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. I COLLECTED ABOUT $5000 OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WHEN I WAS WORKING AND NOW THERE IS A PENDING COURT CASE AGAINST ME OUT OF PHOENIX TO GO TO COURT FOR 21 COUNTS OF FRAUD..WILL I GO TO JAIL? I AM SOO SCARED.JOJO

    1. James,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  3. I am Disabled I have had several surgeries on my lower spine. I found that I was not able to male it die to Bills became overwhelming.
    I got a Job with S3 security in Tallahassee f. Where I found out that all company rules were online and They said I needed to find them and opine to them. I told them I was with Dyslexia and I. could not find them. and 2. if I could have would not have been able to remember them. this is one of my life time Disabilities. I asked to be explained the Rules but was not. For 6 mounts I was praised by the places I worked. Then recently the Sargent told me to help a student locked out there Apartment. So I did. Next day he wanted to write me up for doing what he told me to do. I told him No I would not sign a demerit that would follow me around for ever Paper work does that! I all ways did the best I could. The Captain had made a open threat that he would do all he could to take badges and make us look bad to Fla. AG. I had hurt my ankle and am getting over it. They say the wishes of Property manager was reason I was Terminated with not following post orders. Not signing the forms excepting the wright ups. With just having Epidurals to ease the Spinal pain and them being 1/2 done I had attitude to being lied on by my Sargent. When I was told to do a job. I am kinda Glad I am out of there. No Supervision just the Sargent larking in shadows waiting to wright me up to make him look good so it seemed. I had to use my own Ins. to go get help for my leg. Now I don’t know if I can get Unemployment due to what they say I did after suitability doing the best I could to keep the Complex and Students as safe that I could.

    1. William,

      UI benefits are offered to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification. Hope you get well soon!

  4. I have been trying to fill out unemployment application on line, but it will not let me put my social security # in the spaces
    required.

  5. From 1/2018 to 10/2018 I worked for a Merriville-based organization but I live in Illinois. The employer told me I couldn’t claim unemployment from Indiana because of my Illinois residency. Yesterday, I learned that I should have been able to. Can I claim those benefits now? I was unemployed from 10/19/2018 until 8/24/2019.

  6. I am trying to file a new unemployment claim on line and the link says it cant be reached. Are you experiencing any web site problems?

  7. I RECIEVED A”MY DOCUMENT” DATED 8/26/2019-TODAY STATING I DID NOT SEARCH FOR 2 JOBS LAST WEEK…BUT,1- 1/2 DAYS AGO, EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, JUST LIKE I HAVE FOR 9-WEEKS,I DID WHAT THEM SYSTEM TOLD ME TO DO. I FILED MY WEEKLY BENEFITS TELLING Y’ALL THAT ON THURSDAY 8/23/2019 I BEGAN WORKING AGAIN. I TOLD ON MY CLAIMING WEEKLY BENEFIT FORM THAT I ALSO WORKED FRIDAY. I TOLD THE AMOUNT OF MONEY I EARNED PER-HOUR, I TOLD THAT I I worked 16hrs for the week ending 8/24/19,i gave the total amount,and i told i have not got 10 cents of the money yet,and $12.75×16 is not more than $326.00. I just got home to learn payment is being held,once again i’m being punish for an unemployment crime i did’nt commit. Four hours of interviews last week led to me getting hired, that led to 16hrs of work,that was reported within the rules. I did everything right.

    1. Please register with PAcareerlink and attend the RESEA orientation as required and take the necessary documents with you. Then
      begin an active job search. The state wants to see this activity and is done in order to receive your benefit compensation.

      Take care

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