In the October 2012 print article “Status Update: Unemployed—Practical Tips for Single Parents,” author Shannon Stegall addresses the areas of Pause and Pray, Family Talk, Schedule, Networking, and Reality. Here are a few more areas that apply to the issue.
Internet. Single parents’ financial and time resources are limited, so utilize the Internet. Send e-mails regarding your search, attaching a resume. Ask them to forward to coworkers and industry colleagues. Utilize social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Look to online recruiting sites such as careerbuilder.com, monster.com, or indeed.com. Visit organization Web sites where you’d like to work. Stay on top of local news for companies moving to your area or expanding. Set up a Google Alert to capture Internet posts concerning particular companies.
Finances. If you are fortunate and have a financial cushion, be realistic and realize it could deplete before finding another position. Look for temporary jobs. Offer to do tasks for family and friends, such as cleaning houses, raking leaves, cleaning out flower beds, babysitting, assisting the elderly, and so forth. Involve older children by including them in clipping coupons, holding garage sales, consigning clothing, or other money-saving activities. Kids are never too young to learn the value of money and how a family can work together.
Have you experienced unemployment as a single parent? How do you pull through?