A recent survey of jobless Americans confirms what any unemployed person already knows: being out of work is depressing — very depressing. More than half of the 445 people surveyed between Oct. 19 and 25 in The New York Times/CBS News poll “said that they had experienced emotional or mental health problems like anxiety or depression because of their lack of work, and nearly half said that they had felt embarrassed or ashamed not to have jobs,”
According to Deborah L. Jacobs, from Forbes Staff, at times like this, you need every available resource and coping mechanism. Based on interviews with career coaches and recent e-mails — both from experts and job-hunters —there are 10 basic advices:
1. Join a support group.
2. Volunteer for a non-profit.
3. Project optimism (even if you have to fake it).
4. Take stock of your professional achievements.
5. Check how many people have viewed your profile on LinkedIn.
6. Make a list of the things you are thankful for.
7. Curb bad habits.
8. Build a virtual board of directors.
9. Schedule personal time.
10. Create a safety net.