Unemployment and How To Manage It
To the Economist, Unemployment is an economic indicator that refers to the number or proportion of people in an economy who are willing and able to work, but are unable to get a job, such a person is said to be unemployed.
It can be disheartening to see an educated, skillful and energetic individual without a job. The menace may come with negative feeling such as depression and unfitness but at the same time, it has its advantages too.
This is because it gives the individual in question the opportunity to seek and pursue his ideal career, in that he has enough time at his disposal to get himself prepared for the next phase of his career and future jobs.
In the global world, unemployment is also a source of worry. In a developed nation such as the United States of America, in December 2013, it was recorded that an estimate of 6.7 per cent Americans were unemployed.
In the year 2012,the International Labour Organization, an organization that takes statistics of both the employed and unemployed in the world, stated that about 6% of the world’s population is unemployed and that the most unemployed are the youths.
According to the same organization, about 73.4 million youths were unemployed in 2013. while the Vanguard online news, reported on May 19, 2014, that an estimation of about of 60 million Nigerians were unemployed.
World Bank Data in 2010 put poverty level among Nigerian citizens as 46% of the nation’s population, and this can be caused by unemployment in the country. (World Bank Data).
Unemployment is caused by a lot of issues.These includes;
i. Little or no education.
ii. Lack or no useful skill.
iii. Poor moral.
iv. Poor planning.
v. Fraud and corruption.
viii. Little or no mechanization skills.
To curb these causes above, here are solutions and ways to manage unemployment.
1. Avoid Desperation
Whilst sending resumes to every job vacancies you come across, try as much as possible not to be desperate. Patience is the key. Relax and take things easy. think about nothing.Listen to the sounds of life going on around you despite the issue of not working. Sure enough, employers will start to respond.
2. Update yourself and Your Resume
Staying unemployed for a long while, means that you have not been working, and as a result your resume may become out-dated and your skills dusty. Take some time and equip yourself, then update your resume because a job is on the way.
3. Be On Alert, Stay Informed
Several job adverts are advertised as the days unfold, so don’t lie dormant in your room doing nothing. Socialize, make useful friends and keep your ears open for information regarding jobs. Don’t forget that networking rules.
4. Don’t Settle For Less, Set A Goal
If you do not have a job search plan, you wont be able to accomplish anything. Therefore, make a list of of goals for each day and tick them off when they have been accomplished for the day. It will go a long way to boost your self esteem, help you to stay on track, and compress the period of unemployment because you are focused.
5. Always Stay Positive and On The Move
Your attitude is critical to job success. Avoid negative people, places and things that would pull you back. Make it a daily choice to be positive and it will become a habit. A great attitude will guide you through the bumpy road ahead.
Staying back in the house can reinforce isolation that comes with unemployment. Wake up at the usual time, do your normal house chores, get dressed and get moving. Make a daily schedule for your job search.
…Because the next word you are likely to hear is; Congratulations you are hired