Millennial’s guide to overcoming the fear of being unemployed

ARE you scared about not being employed? For most millennials, losing their job is one of their greatest fear. This fact is backed up by studies and research which shows that job security is the one of the biggest source of insecurity among young people.

This is the same reason why this generation will do anything just to keep their 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job. So, how can we overcome our fear of losing our job and being unemployed? Here are a few practical tips:

Be a go-getter

If at present you’re looking for a job, remember that your role today is like a marketing executive. Your product is yourself. How will you present yourself and convince others that you will be a valuable addition to their company? Make sure to improve and develop your personal skills, balance your confidence, and always be willing to negotiate.

Know your strengths

Know and discover your unique strength. Take an inventory of your strengths and list them on paper. Showcase your strengths whenever possible. For example, if you are a graphic designer, use your talent outside your workplace. Create a website or Facebook page where your craft will be seen and appreciated by others. You can also join a professional group where you will be recognized by other people and company in your industry.

Update and inform your connections

Widen the network of your connections in your industry. Make sure that you attract the right kind of people in your circle of influence. If you wish to have an alternative ad back-up job, compile a list of 10 or more contracts. Send them an e-mail, attached with your resume and ask them to keep you in mind for any job they might know of and also for them to pass your information on to their contacts.

If at present you’re unemployed and looking for a job, follow the above tips combined with the additional tips below:

Maintain your working habit cycle

For example, if you’re used to waking up early for work, continue to set your alarm to that early working hour and still be ready to start your day. This allows you to mirror that of the mainstream business world and stay connected. This will help you to continuously be productive and ready to take on any new work.

Schedule your day

Continue to move as if you still have a job. For example, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., answer your e-mails. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., look for work on job sites. From 11 a. m. to noon, send your resumes. From noon to 1 p.m. eat your lunch. Moreover, do something productive or think of ideas and concepts that can help you earn money while you’re waiting for a job.

Consider volunteering

Another way to be proactive and productive continuously is to volunteer. It’s better if you can volunteer in an organization coinciding your specialization or where you can make use of your talent and skill.
Lastly, relax

God is in control. Isn’t it that one’s security in life does not depend on the job or career? It’s in God and so you need to learn to trust Him. If God created you with those talents and skills, He will look a perfect match for you to use them. He created us to work, and to work in ways that serve His purposes. So, relax and be fearless, young one!