As days go on, and the unemployment rate is spiking, one would gather that being unemployed can be described in a variety of ways, but “fun” is probably not on the top of the list. Well, this past weekend, I spent time with a group of fabulous young adults from different states. As we were introducing ourselves with our names and what we do, it became obvious that many were unemployed. At one point, someone shouted out, “Oh, so you are funemployed, too?” I thought, wow. Funemployed. what an interesting concept to say you are having fun while you are unemployed.
Most people laughed at the word, but it’s not that funny and being unemployed is not very fun in today’s economic climate.
It’s downright scary.
In fact, some recently licensed lawyers in the group, who are finding it difficult gaining employment due to competition with people who have many years experience, are having anything but fun.
I obviously get where “fun” can come in — you don’t have to be at work every day, you don’t have a boss up your butt, you can sleep in, do what you want when you want, etc., with financial reason. And I guess in the scheme of things, there is nothing wrong with having some fun while being unemployed and kudos to you if you are fortunate to have a family that supports you.
But after a while, the fun runs out and for the majority of people who have bills to pay, families to feed, health issues, etc., it can be a very tough situation. One positive outcome of the abundance of layoffs in recent years is that people aren’t as ashamed to say that they don’t have work or that they need work, and it honestly seems like many unemployed folks are actually forming bonds with one another.
Being unemployed is bringing people closer. An unemployed person can meet new people with different skill sets and because they may have a lot of free time, they can even think of forming their own business. There are many great opportunities for small businesses as well as different niche services that people still need, even in this economy.
Whatever the case, if you are unemployed or under-employed keep hope, stay on top of sending out your resume, and try to get yourself outside every day to keep motivated. It is so easy to fall into a funk. You know yourself better than anyone else. So do some things that are fun now in order to keep your spirits high so when you finally find your next career, you’ll be ready to jump in with two feet.
Something fun could be treating yourself to a staycation or learning how to use foursquare and other social networks. Whatever the case, form better relationships with your family and friends.
And remember, unemployment benefitis eventually expire.
RNS Show House
And for those of you saving up to buy a house or who have always wanted to see the inside of one of the McMansions on the Jersey shore, well, now you can. The Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund kicks off its 19th annual Show House at the Shore, with “Windsong on Wesley,” located at 1501 Wesley Ave. in Ocean City. The home will be open to the public until Sun., Aug. 15 from 10am to 5pm daily with extended hours until 8pm every Wednesday and Thursday.
This renovated 4,500-square-foot home will showcase designers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I went last year when the show house was the former home of Margate’s Skinny D’Amato, and was amazed at the quality of work as well as the unique design sense these artists conveyed.
In addition to the tour, the RNS program is also offering weekly happenings such as “Seashore Conversations,” and “Meet the Designer Night.” Admission is $25. For more information on the events check out the Web site at rnscancerandheartfund.org or call 487-1190.
Dishing out advice on various topics to our readers on issues related to networking, dating, employment, news, events, shopping and much more. She is the current president of the Greater Atlantic City Jaycees and owner of www.GoToWhitney.com.
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.