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Sunday July 14th 2019

Reader shared six tips to overcome unemployment blues


I would like to share my story.

I was jobless for almost a year between the Year 2012 to 2013. My last employer who was from a Japanese MNC announced they were moving out of Singapore right after I joined them for a month.

Subsequently, I tried my hands as a full-time property agent. Sales were difficult to close because that year was the start of the downturn of the property market and also because my personality was not really suited for doing direct sales.

At the same time, I went to the E2i career coaching meetings. I sent them my job application resumes which they assisted to review and recommend changes.

I submitted more than 300 job applications to different industries, even to the likes of Certis Cisco, Cold Storage and Valuemax even though I was from a manufacturing background. I reduced my asking salary by as much as 30% in all these job applications. I applied for temporary positions too. But most of them requested me to commit at least 6 months.

All these happened when I was 40 years old with 2 young children to raise. There were bills to pay and I faced the constant stress from family members. It was a difficult period where each day seemed to pass like a year.

Fast forward after almost a year, I managed to secure a job with 2 more in the offers.

My advice for those that faced the same predicament:

1) It can be difficult to land on a job through conventional job applications. Tap on your networks if possible.

2) Do not be too dependent on government agencies. They may be able to find you a job, but know that it will most likely be below your expectations, especially if you were a PMET.

3) You should have at least a year’s savings to tide you over a period of zero income.

4) Do not over-commit. Recognise that your jobs are not guaranteed and are replaceable.

5) If you are more than 40 years old, this may be a good time for you to rethink your life priorities, including career. You may want to use this spare time to try something you had always wanted.

6) Most importantly, stay healthy – physically and mentally. Do some sports. Engage in some activities to keep yourself occupied to prevent yourself from feeling depressed.

Friends, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Stay hopeful. Hard times do not last.


Editor’s note: This article is retrieved from a comment posted on our site.

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