7 ways to manage unemployment phobia

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         Unemployment carries a lot of emotional and financial baggage for most of us with fear being a major part. We fear the financial fallout of no longer receiving regular wages. We fear the impact of our lack of productivity on relationships: our marriage, our family, our friends, and our social and community activities. We fear losing the respect of our children when we can no longer give them what they need. We fear approaching acquaintances for help in identifying potential positions. We fear the humiliation of the job hunt and the personal rejection we expect to encounter. And finally we fear the most basic concept we hold within: that we're just not good enough, that we can't cut the mustard, that we're an incurable loser.

                 "Cut your coat according to your size cloth" Anonymous

1. Save  your money. 
Since you never know when you are going to be unemployed, you should always have at least 3-6 months worth of living expenses in the savings.

2. Live some place that you can afford
Living within your means is very important especially when you are just starting out , at this point you might still be under probation, you wouldn't want to incur dept. 

3. Avoid financing your lifestyle
Until you have been a contractor/employee for long enough to have a sizable amount saved-up, don't finance a vehicle or buy a home. Buy a good used vehicle and rent.

4. Upgrade your skills regularly
Use this opportunity to upgrade your skills. The more you can do, the more job placements you fit. Think: matching  job to skill, seek out job positions you desire and acquire skills needed for such a position or positions.

5. Constantly look around
 Keep your eyes open.. look around for something else. Regardless of how much you "love your job", it will never love you. Unless you are at an industry leader or your company is doing well financially, always be prepared to "bail out." And even if they are doing well financially this can change quickly; you should always "cover yourself."

6. Attend Job fairs and Networking events
 This is a great way to meet potential employers and get your name out there, in 2014 it was revealed that over 87% of on-the-spot hires happen during job fairs!

7. Practice 1-5 regularly

Stuck in the unemployment phobia train? What steps have you taken to keep your career under your control? Share it in the comments below!

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