By John Ingrisano
Director, Family Finance Conference Center
Yes, it’s a tough economy. Still, if you have been unemployed for more than six months, you’re doing something wrong. See if any of the following sound familiar:
- I’m waiting for my unemployment benefits to end. If that is your attitude, you need to reassess your thinking. People who respect themselves take benefits they need, but they do not see unemployment or welfare as a lifestyle. Get out the door and start looking for work before what is left of your self-esteem is gone. Do it for you. Do it for the ones you love. Just do it!
- I’m waiting for work to come to me. If you are out of work, your full-time job is … to find a job. Again, that’s your full-time job. That means no filing for unemployment and then sitting around watching daytime television. Hit the streets, make phone calls, visit potential employers, yes, even out of town, if necessary. Do that eight hours a day … and you will find a job.
- I have reasons (excuses). If your car is broken down and you have no money to fix it, that does not mean you have an excuse not to find a job. Hitchhike or ask a friend for a ride. In other words, look for a job, not an excuse.
- My job must meet certain conditions. Bull! The only condition is that it be a job and that it pay you. When I was a kid, one of my jobs was to take the trash to the curb every Sunday evening. My mother never failed to comment: “Johnny, honest work is honest work. Don’t ever think there’s a job you are too good for.” Because of her sage advice, there have been times when I have taken jobs that I didn’t like. But if they were honest and put food on the table, I took them. (And, yes, I spent every free moment looking for something better, but I always worked.)
Common “conditions” why some people refuse to take a job sound like this: “I’m overqualified,” “I’m under-qualified,” “I don’t like that company,” “The job is too far away,” “They have lousy benefits,” or (and this is my favorite) “I don’t want just any job; I’m waiting for the right job.” Today, every and any job is the right job.
The bottom line: If you are unemployed, get off your duff and look for work … no excuses and no conditions. Your livelihood and your self-respect are counting on you. Get moving!
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