Lost Your Job? Good for You!

Losing your job is a shock no matter how it happens. Fired, laid off, downsized-it's all spelled 'unemployed'. But once the shock of a job loss wears off, you might discover there can be real benefits to being unemployed By looking for the positive aspects of your situation, you can start to achieve the life you've always dreamed of.

The first benefit of being jobless is that it gives a person time to re-evaluate life. Where am I going in my career path? Is this where I want to be? How does this mesh with other areas of my life? In what areas do I need to create more balance? Take some quiet time to reflect on where you are now, and start to carve out a path that leads to your ideal life. Put in writing the answers to these questions so you can look back on them in the future and track how you are progressing towards your goals.

Another benefit is that being jobless forces you to reassess your job skills. Do you have the skills and experience to do the type of work you really want? If not, what will it take to get that level of skills and experience? What skills do you already posses that you'd like to build and improve upon? Once you have a list, get busy honing those skills to get where you want to be. There are many resources for additional training and support, something for every budget. It doesn't hurt to ask about sources of training available in your area. A call to your local Job Service office can put you on the right track. And of course, read. At the library, a bookstore or on the Internet- there is a never-ending list of resources available in print. Somewhere there will be an information source to learn the skills you need.

The biggest benefit of unemployment may be the doors of opportunity that will open when you are free to make changes. Now is your chance to go after that dream job. Or maybe you've always wanted to own a business. Depending on the type of business, how much you have to invest of your own funds and the credit you qualify for, there is a world of options available to you as a new business start up. If you desire a high level of support, purchasing an existing business or franchise may be an option to look at. But be careful! Often owning a small business means trading in a boss for the equivalent of a job (since you still have to show up at the work place every day), only with longer hours, lower pay and a host of other expenses and headaches you didn't have before. Since you