Here at CareerPlanner.com, we can't avoid reflecting on the economy.
These are indeed difficult times we're experiencing. It's not just in America. All industrialized countries are seeing an economic slow down and a large scale reduction of jobs. Our friends and clients in Taiwan, China, Japan, and India all report the same thing.
The good news is that these things are temporary. The economy will get better.
The bad news is that things will most likely get worse before they get better. It may be a long time before we experience wide spread prosperity.
Once the world economy hits bottom, the recovery will be slow and gradual. It'll take time to re-absorb the huge volume of laid off people back into the work force. It won't snap back.
If we can offer any words of advice, it would be to prepare for a long drawn out economic slowdown. This means reducing your spending to well below the amount you earn. But that is always a good thing to do.
If you find yourself recently unemployed we offer this advice:
Get vigorous exercise every day. This means jogging 3 to5 miles or walking 10 miles at a time. It helps burn up stress. The fresh air helps you think more clearly.
Second, make sure you have people you can talk to. It gets very lonely being unemployed. You need people to talk to.
Make plans to get out of the house, especially on Monday's. If you thought Monday's were tough when you had a job, it's much worse when you don't have a job. So get out of the house. Call a friend for lunch. Try a little volunteer work.
Take life one day at a time. Even though things may look bleak today, tomorrow is another day and another chance to live your life to the fullest.
We hope that our newsletter and website helps you with your Career Direction. If there is anything we can do, just email me at Michael@CareerPlanner.com .
Michael T. Robinson