How to: Overcome the Survival Job Blues

Think being unemployed is worse than having just any job? Not according to a study conducted by the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University. In this seven-year study, researchers found that “unemployed people typically felt calmer, happier, less depressed, and less anxious after they found a job, but only if they […]

Seven “Don’ts” for Friends and Family

Yesterday, I talked about some things that family and friends should do when someone they know becomes unemployed. Here, I offer seven suggestions of what NOT to do. DON’T: Avoid them. To say that someone losing a job makes for an uncomfortable situation is an understatement. Whether or not you worked in the same company […]

Nine Do’s for Friends and Family

When a close friend or loved one becomes unemployed, it’s hard to know what to say or do. Even after my husband and I started telling friends and family about our circumstances when we were going through it, things felt strained with other people. If you know someone who is “in transition,” here are some […]

HR Manager: “I Would Much Rather Hire Someone Who is Currently Unemployed”

In looking at CNN.com earlier today, I saw on the main page of the site this article that talked yet again about the discrimination that the jobless face in the job hunt. Referred to unemployment as a “scarlet letter,” even. Grrrr! I’ve already made it pretty clear how I feel about this. But then I […]

Employment Status Has Nothing to Do with Ability

This is the second time that I have read an article related to employers not considering job applicants simply because they are unemployed. Since when did a person’s employment status become a litmus test for determining a person’s ability to do a job? Why would this one factor negate the skills, experience, and education that […]

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