6 Biblical Tips For Surviving Unemployment

These tips apply whether you are experiencing a short or extended transition period.

Tip #6    “…Love your neighbor as yourself.”  

Matthew 23:39

Just because you are in transition does not mean you are worthless like most of society would have you believe.  You are one of God’s children and that means you are loved by him. You are not worthless to him and I guarantee He has plans for you.

Now that you believe that about yourself, believe and act it towards others also in transition.

Tip #5     Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Start an encouragement file/journal/notebook.  Share the quotes, poems, scripture, and articles you find with another unemployed person or two, or three, or four …etc.  Hold an encouragement party where people share what they find and then work on their files together.

Tip #4     Be joyful always

1st Thessalonians 5:16

This is the role of your gratitude journal as well as your encouragement file.  Keeping a gratitude journal will help you realize all that you have, which in turn helps keep you joyful.

Tip #3     Pray continually

1st Thessalonians 5:17

Prayer works.  Send up brief quick prayers as you go through your day, thanking God for even the littlest thing that lifts your spirit.  Do this in addition to your morning and evening prayers.

Tip #2     Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (emphasis added)

1st Thessalonians 5:18

Realize that as bad as you have it, there are people out there who have it worse than you.  Give thanks for the blessings He bestows upon you every day.

The blessings are there, you just need to look for them.

The #1 Tip  

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” 

Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

 Surviving unemployment starts while you are employed, whether you are a worker, lower management, mid management or C-level. 

  • Your position can be eliminated at any second.
  • You could find yourself in transition at any given moment.
  •  The company you work for can be bought out or go bankrupt anytime.

If you were to be become part of what society deems “The Untouchables”, you would want to be treated with dignity and respect.  You would want help finding a new position.

So treat those who are in transition the way you would want to be treated:

  • Don’t eliminate someone because they have 15, 20, 25 or more years of work experience.  Don’t eliminate a potential new hire just because they are your customer.
  • Do offer to meet someone for coffee to learn about them, give them advice and pass their resume on to a hiring manager you know.
  • Do offer support and encouragement when you find out someone is out of a job.
  • Do offer to speak at job seeker meetings about your particular area of expertise.
  • Be willing to train a person whose experience is similar to the position you have available.
  • Respect people who have learned new skills while seeking a new job, whether they have taken advanced courses in Word, Excel, Access or Powerpoint, or maybe they have dove head first into blogging and gaining a deeper understand of using Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook for business. If they have a deeper understanding of social media, hire them.  Every business needs social media people now-a-days.

Final Thought

Though you mourn your situation and are poor in spirit, you will be blessed by God in His own way and according to His time.

You fit into God’s overall plan and His plan is perfect.



Jack Of All Trades…

 and yes, I am master of none.

No Mastery 

Not being a master of any skill has always been okay with me.  I was neither bad or excellent, just okay at them.  This puts me right smack dab in the middle.  Being in the middle was my personal brand back before personal branding became popular.


Here is a list of my interests/experience:

  • Crocheting,
  • Reading books,
  • Blogging at JoyReturns,
  • Photo blogging at OgleOhio,
  • Listening to all types of music,
  • Writing the Joyful Jems newsletter,
  • Co-facilitating a grief support group,
  • Being a member of Golden Retrievers In Need (G.R.I.N.),
  • Working for retail stores as a sales clerk and assistant manager,
  • I have a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Communications (emphasis on public speaking),
  • I have experience as a collector and team leader of sub-prime mortgage and auto lease portfolio’s,

I mention all this because while variety is the spice of life, in this economy you must be the master of one skill, trade, or talent and prove how you will use that skill to save or make the company money.

“Variety Is The Spice Of Life”

I have always had a variety of interests.  In high school I was in band (flute), choir (soprano), drama club (lead in the Fall play my senior year), and on the speech and debate team (came “this close” to making it to State Tournament one year).

I remember being told it was a good thing to have a variety of interests as colleges saw you as a well-rounded person.  So I continued the philosophy of having many interests throughout life.

“Bang, bang, my baby shot me down”

Now that philosophy is back firing.  People see me as unfocused because of my varied interests and participation in several groups.

Establishing this blog and OgleOhio were ways to show people I can learn a new technology.  This is also the reason why I have taken Social Media courses and started the Joyful Jems newsletter, to continue to learn and grow.  Certainly doing all this would help the job search.

There are a people here and there that like and appreciate what I have done and continue to do.  However, the majority of the people are not impressed. Of course blogging about my adventures through widowhood and beyond freaks most people out and scares them away – even including potential employers. But I knew that would be the case when I launched JoyReturns.  (Thank you Catherine, Jeff, Mary, and Sharon et al… for not being scared away.)

I still thought despite the topic that diving in head first and creating and maintaining a blog would somehow help my search.  Oh well, lesson learned.

“Keep On Truckin’”

I will keep on doing this blog, OgleOhio and Joyful Jems. Because I have the best readers in the world (52 countries to be exact.) and I love doing what I am doing.

Maybe blogging will be the one skill I end up mastering and maybe there will come a time when it does somehow help in my job search.


The Best Reasons For Helping Widowed Employees

Remember the best reasons for helping your employee who has been suddenly widowed at an age society considers “young” is:

  • “Therefore but for the grace of God go I.”  It could easily be you in her shoes at any given moment.
  • “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 7:12 (NIV)
  • “You reap what you sow” or “What goes around comes around.”  Whichever saying you prefer, how you treat your employee will come back to you maybe in a day, a year or 30 years from now.  That is a fact of life.

So why would you not want to play a part in her recovery?

Coming Monday 5/23 – Thoughts On Death Of Other Family Members

Coming Saturday – Sacrifice & Become

Coming Sunday – Wildest Dreams