Isolation and discouragement take a toll when you're unemployed. Join the ranks and shake off the blues by sharing job-hunting tips and a sense of camaraderie.
Step 1: Use social media Use social media networks, like Facebook and Twitter, along with dedicated forums, such as layoffspace.com, to connect with other unemployed people. Search for groups in your region or for industries similar to yours.
TIP: Continue networking even after you get a job. Many job search groups have an alumni network for those who have been hired so you can help those who helped you.
Step 2: Check the newspaper Check your local newspaper for listings of unemployment support groups. Many groups meet weekly at churches and community centers. They provide valuable information about job training and potential openings.
TIP: Use your professional profile, on sites like LinkedIn, to reach out to those in your industry affected by unemployment. Offer to share experiences and tips.
Step 3: Start a blog Start a blog outlining your job search experiences. You'll get feedback from others hunting for a new job -- and your blog may even result in a job offer.
Step 4: Check government sites Look at your county or state's labor bureau website for resume writing tips, unemployment support groups, and job openings.
Step 5: Create your own group Create your own unemployment support group to serve as a networking opportunity. Advertise on Facebook or in your local newspaper. Connecting with others will help you stay positive in your search and relieve your sense of isolation.
FACT: At the height of the Great Depression, the unemployment rate reached 25 percent.