08December

15 Things I've Learned About the Great Recession

15 Things I've Learned About the Great Recession


For the past two years I have facilitated a Job Seekers Support Group and heard amazing stories of what people have encountered and endured in these trying economic times. I am truly touched by what these different people have taught me and I have compiled their lessons in the list below.

  1. It takes incredible strength to admit to needing help. Humbling oneself is a process that can be freeing.
  2. We need a fraction of what we think are necessities.
  3. You are not your job. You are more than this - a mother, father, sister, brother, good friend with varied talents and interests. When you get another job, remember this.
  4. Bartering is the new Black. In more primitive times, we reached out to our neighbors and traded for services. Like some retro fashions, this is making a comeback.
  5. Downscale. We donít have to live up to the Joneses anymore. Most likely, they're in debt up to their eyeballs anyway.
  6. In the worst of times, we can find moments of relief in gratitude for the smallest of things. Practice gratitude. For air, green grass, the sound of a baby laughing. Sounds cliché, huh? It is. And it works.
  7. Rejection is god's protection. If you didnít get the interview or job, it wasnít yours to get.
  8. Never take anything personally. NEVER EVER. Each rejection or non-response is a time to wipe the slate clean, brush your self off, and start again.
  9. Do whatever it is you loved doing in a past vocation or job, or hobby. Find ways to do it with volunteer and community work. Just be doing it. It will be a break from thinking about your own situation.
  10. Whenever possible, exercise, eat healthy, and take regular breaks from beating yourself up. Lather, rinse, repeat.
  11. Whoever said that looking for a job should take 40 hours per week should actually try that. Put boundaries around how long you spend on the computer. Looking for a job can also mean socializing with other people outside the house like playing baseball or going to the dog park.
  12. Networking doesn't have to be cringe-inducing networking event. It can be going to a gathering and having courage to talk to new acquaintances about what you want to be doing.
  13. We are creative beings by nature. This is the time you need to remember and practice your creativity. Draw, paint, sculpt, write, dance, play an instrument, sing. If you believe you're not artistic, then be creative about how you see yourself in your next job.
  14. Whatever is learned in this period of time will serve you for the rest of your life. Don't forget it.
  15. People are more resilient than they ever thought possible. You will be okay.

Written by Betsy Frasier, Posted in Career Services, Counseling Services

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Betsy Frasier

Betsy Frasier

Betsy Frasier, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with JF&CS’ Counseling Services - Tools for Life. She works with adults and adolescents in the areas of depression, anxiety and trauma/abuse using concepts of mindfulness. She has been with JF&CS since 2005.