Unemployment


Being unemployed or underemployed is stressful. I’ve been there myself and I know what it’s like. Now my job is to help other people find jobs! I provide advice, resources, and support for anyone that is or is facing unemployment.
Whether you were fired, laid off, quit, or are looking for your first job after graduation, here are tips to help you find a job you love and to survive financially and mentally while you are out of work.

How to Answer “What Do You Do For a Living?” When You’re Unemployed

How to Answer “What Do You Do For a Living?” When You’re Unemployed

When you meet someone new for the first time, one of the first questions commonly asked is “what do you do for a living?” It seems like an innocent enough conversation starter. Right up there along with a comment about the weather we’re having today. But when you’re unemployed this type of question can hurt. A lot. Regardless if you …

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Have You Been Laid Off From Work? Avoid Making These Mistakes

Have You Been Laid Off From Work? Avoid Making These Mistakes

Back in 2014, I got laid off from work. My contract came to an end before the grant funding for the next school year had come through. I was promised again and again that they would rehire me as soon as the money arrived. I foolishly believed them.  Millions of people are currently in a similar situation.  There have been …

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How to Include Your Side Hustle on Your Resume: The Ultimate Guide

How to Include Your Side Hustle on Your Resume: The Ultimate Guide

It seems like everyone has side hustles these days. Whether it’s to make extra money, pursue an interest or passion, or to learn a new skill, it’s work that we choose to do on the “side” of our day jobs. Yet few people think to include their side hustle on their resume. Working on your own doesn’t make it any …

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What To Do When You Can’t Find a Job

What To Do When You Can’t Find a Job

Whether you find yourself unemployed, looking to make a career change, or entering the workforce for the first time, finding a job can a very time consuming, frustrating and disheartening process. A process I know all too well. First, because it took me over 9 months to find a new job when I decided it was time to leave my …

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Practical Gift Ideas for the Unemployed in 2020

Practical Gift Ideas for the Unemployed in 2020

Being unemployed is incredibly difficult. With current unemployment rates at a record-breaking high thanks to COVID-19, you probably know someone close to you that’s been laid off, let go or looking for a new, better job. Giving your unemployed friends and loved ones a thoughtful gift could really go a long way. Think about what sort of things they need …

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How to Get Your Resume Past the 6 Second Glance Test

How to Get Your Resume Past the 6 Second Glance Test

When it comes to job hunting, I was shocked to learn that most recruiters and hiring managers only give your resume a 6 second glance test. Yes, only 6 seconds.  6 seconds is not a long time by any means. It’s probably taken you about 6 seconds to read this far.  So as you can see, your resume has to …

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15 Ways to Survive Financially While Unemployed - My Life, I Guess

15 Ways to Survive Financially While Unemployed

If you are unemployed, you need to financially survive this trying time. Your new full time job is to find a job. Unfortunately, looking for work is a “job” doesn’t pay anything.   Not having any income is a serious problem. And a major cause of stress. How are you going to keep a roof over your head? Or food …

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How Much Being Unemployed Actually Cost Us - My Life, I Guess

How Much Being Unemployed Actually Cost Us

Throughout this blog and social media, I’ve been pretty open about the fact that I really struggled after being laid off back in April of 2014. How I struggled for over 2 years to find a full-time job. How working a part-time, minimum wage job in my 30s affected my mental health. And, of course, how I struggled financially after …

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Why You Should Apply For Unemployment, Even If You Quit or Were Fired - My Life, I Guess

Why You Should Apply For Unemployment, Even If You Quit or Were Fired

Unemployment insurance, employment insurance, social security, job seekers allowance – no matter what you call it, having to rely on it is never ideal. It means that you have lost your job. And that usually means you’ve also lost a big source of your income, if not your only source. Even if you know your job is about to come …

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Don’t Let a Horrible Boss Destroy You (Like I Almost Did) - My Life, I Guess

Don’t Let a Horrible Boss Destroy You (Like I Almost Did)

Horrible bosses. At some point in our lives, we will all have at least one. In my seemingly never-ending struggle to find a good, permanent, full time role, horrible bosses have been a big factor. After having a boss that was physically abusive towards 2 of my colleagues, and extremely verbally and emotionally abusive to us all, I thought that …

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How Being Unemployed Helped Me Get an Awesome New Job - My Life, I Guess

How Being Unemployed Helped Me Get an Awesome New Job

Like many students, I went to university not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up. I changed my major after first-year from English to Theatre, signed up for a minor in Computer Science, and then completed a post-degree diploma in Arts and Non-Profit Management. I also had an awesome part-time job on campus teaching study skill workshops …

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Becoming Self Employed and In Control of My Own Life - My Life, I Guess

Becoming Self Employed and In Control of My Own Life

Last updated: May 3, 2018. A few weeks ago, I decided that my efforts to find a traditional job was getting me nowhere. Despite cutting back my criteria down to simply trying to find something I don’t hate (regardless of pay, hours, or type of work), it’s been over 3 months since my last job interview. And once again, I …

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