There are some simple, practical things you can do if you find yourself out of work, but the most important thing is to go easy on yourself. Don’t try to do everything in one go, set yourself simple targets and make lists. Then give yourself some time to relax.
Remember, lots of people are in similar situations right now, so seek help. You don’t have to become an expert in CV drafting or Universal Credit overnight. From friends to free organisations, there’s help out there.
There are three key aspects that you need to pay attention to most. Here’s Resolver’s guide to giving yourself the best chance.
Facing down your finances is the first challenge to address. Most people don’t see managing money as fun, and the current climate of – in almost all cases – having to spend using cards rather than cash, or shopping online, means it can be harder to stay on top of your finances.
2. Job planning
If there’s one thing even less popular than budgeting it’s job hunting – working on CVs and covering letters can try the patience of even the most relaxed jobseeker. This is something even seasoned writers and experts hate doing, but if you grit your teeth it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
For many people there’s a real stigma around benefits. Put that to one side. If you’ve spent years working you’ve paid into the system and you’re entitled to fall back on it when you need it the most.
If you need help with anything from difficult businesses to official organisations that aren’t playing ball, Resolver can help you make a complaint for free.