Today’s unemployment has created many problems for individuals as well as their families. The financial climate does not show any signs of things getting any better as well. The outlook may be grim, but there are things everyone can do to survive today’s hard times. It’s not rocket science, but if you follow some of the simple steps listed here, you will be on you way of getting your life back to normal again.

The Very First Thing

The very first thing one should do today is to is to check to see if you are eligible for unemployment benefits. Go ahead and file even if you believe you may not be eligible due to conditions surrounding the loss of your job. Timing is everything, so file as soon as you find yourself out of work. It is interesting to note that a surprising number of people fail to follow through and apply for unemployment benefits because they feel as though they don’t meet the necessary requirements. After filing for your benefits, be sure to check to see how long you can collect these benefits and what your weekly responsibilities are.

Look For Work Right Away

Be sure to begin looking for work as soon as you find yourself unemployed. One thing you don’t want to do is to take a vacation or extended time off before you begin to seek work again. This time break will show up on your resume and may be questioned by future employers. You will have a better chance of being hired if you can find employment before to much time elapses from when your last job ended.

How will you survive?

You and your family will need to sit down and look at your financial situation and see what can be done to reduce your spending and cost of living to extend the funds you have available. This will be the time to cancel your cable bill, gym membership and other expenses that are not necessary for basic survival. Be sure not to cancel your Internet bill. The Internet will be necessary for job searches and will need to remain open so you can submit job applications.

Make Money at Home

One way you can help extend your savings is to make money on the side taking surveys at home for fast cash. The link below in the about the author section has ten legitimate survey sites that offer the unemployed a great chance to make income while looking for a job. Be sure to never pay for a survey list since these are generally offered free of charge. Caution must be observed because there are many survey sites that are not legit and will not deliver what they promise.
Being unemployed is not the end of the world. You must stay focused and positive to make it through this journey. Typically when one door shuts, another door is opened for new opportunities. If we look at life with this type of positive attitude, finding work will be much less stressful and much more enjoyable and fun.

Author's Bio: 

Donald Tilford is webmaster and editor of This is a public service web site dedicated to helping people find surveys, emergency cash, jobs, free housing, free cell phones, free education, free food, and free autos.