Finding a job has become a little more difficult in the Hoosier state. While the economy is slowly improving nationwide, unemployment is still a serious issue in Indiana; the state’s unemployment rate has risen for the fifth month in a row. It’s an issue that doesn’t have an easy solution, despite politicians, businesses and individuals offering possible answers to the state’s job problem.
But for jobless Hoosiers who’ve searched in vain for months, even the best answers aren’t valuable if they can’t be translated to jobs. And while Indiana is working hard to attract businesses and jobs to the state, there are elements of rebuilding the economy that are beyond our control. Creating jobs isn’t like using washers: people can’t just set the dials, walk away, and come back to a cleaner situation. Creating a healthy economy is much more complicated — and for individuals trying to make ends meet, it’s a process that appears to leave them out of the equation.
Still, there are steps jobless Hoosiers can take to improve their situations. Keeping active and in touch with a network, finding ways to offer professional expertise, and working to reserve the funds they do have can help them weather this stormy economy.
Work part-time or volunteer
Working for free doesn’t seem like a terribly attractive prospect at first — and for people with families, it can be close to impossible. But working with nonprofits or holding a part-time job can help job seekers build and cultivate a professional network that can lead to more stable, full-time employment. Resources like Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development and the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives can help you begin your search for rewarding volunteer opportunities.
Mind your finances
Even if you’re receiving unemployment benefits, you’ll need to get creative in order to make your funds last throughout your unemployment. Find ways to make do with less: shop at more affordable supermarkets, take a break from shopping, and consider repurposing items you already have to make them last longer. Sticking to a budget is critical — and if you’re still having issues paying a mortgage, resources like the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network can help you protect your largest investment.
Accentuate the positive
It might seem like a tall order if you’re a long-term job seeker, but staying positive can have a tangible effect on your job search. Finding a local support group, pursuing hobbies, and learning new skills can help you pass the time while working to improve your chances to find full-time work. By being confident and staying optimistic, you’ll project a positive attitude that potential employers will appreciate.
Indiana’s fortunes will improve, but it’s important to do what you can to stay active and engaged while you’re out of work. Being unemployed for an extended amount of time can be overwhelming, especially in a state where joblessness isn’t decreasing. But resilience, determination, and creativity can help you endure and thrive during an exceptionally difficult time.
Joseph Baker writes this post on behalf of Sears.