How to network with other unemployed people
Isolation and discouragement can often take a toll when you’re unemployed. Join the ranks and shake off the blues by sharing job-hunting tips and a sense of camaraderie.
Join and use social media networks, like Facebook and Twitter, along with dedicated forums, such as layoffspace.com, to connect with other unemployed people. You can search for groups in your region or for industries similar to yours. Do continue networking even after you get a job. Many job search groups have an alumni network for those who have been hired so you can help those who helped you.
You should also check your local newspaper for listings of unemployment support groups. Many groups meet weekly at churches and community centers. They provide valuable information about job training and potential openings.
Put your professional profile, on sites like LinkedIn, to reach out to those in your industry affected by unemployment. You can also offer to share experiences and tips.
If you are have always wanted to do it but didn’t know what to write about, why not start a blog outlining your job search experiences? You’ll get feedback from others hunting for a new jon and, who knows, your blog may even result in a job offer.
Don’t forget to check government sites too by looking at your county or state’s labor bureau website for resume writing tips, unemployment support groups, and job openings.
You could always create your own unemployment support group to serve as a networking opportunity. Advertise on Facebook or in your local newspaper. Connecting with others in the same situation will help you stay positive in your search for a joh and relieve your sense of isolation.
At the height of the Great Depression, the unemployment rate reached 25 percent Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it never reaches that again.