After forty years of working and pretty much being able to get jobs in a heartbeat, the first of this year I was laid off. At sixty and single this is not the best timing. I actually knew that the handwriting was pretty much on the wall when I had nothing to do … but then again I worked for the government for years and didn’t have much to do there either.
Here are a few tips so you don’t run amuck naked in the streets from boredom. I try to get up at the same time every day. My cats pretty much wake me up for their first meal of the day. At that point, I make my coffee and shower like I was actually going somewhere … and it doesn’t matter if you have plans or not, just pretend that you do. I make my bed, have breakfast, and then get on the computer and start looking for jobs again. Apply for everything, why not, what have you got to lose! I was an administrative assistant for years, but have lots of other experience in retail, bartending, you name it … one of the benefits of living this long.
Stay in touch with old friends and co-workers and network with them to see if they know of any positions that might become available in the future. Don’t be afraid to try new things or go for jobs that you feel you might be either under-or overqualified for. I don’t know what the odds are now, but they are pretty bad. I am probably competing with hundreds of people for one job.
I am a pretty structured person and not a stay at home worker, after all, that is where I get my entire social outlet. Try to stay out of the malls, too; I have the urge to go and spend money, which is not a good thing when you live on a pension … and you never know how long you are going to live.
The trick is trying to enjoy your time off, at least for me. I struggle with it every day. But chin up and remember that things will get better … and remember to shower and change your outfit every day. Okay, back to QVC.