So there you were… you were gainfully employed and life was good!

Then all of a sudden… BAM! The news that you have been dreading… all of a sudden your life has drastically changed. You became one of the millions of Americans who are unemployed. Although you are not alone in being unemployed, your particular situation is individual to you and your family. So in order to get yourself back on track and gainfully employed, you need to have a PLAN.

In the book “True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence”, the author Tom Morris uses the following acronym:

P – Plan for the Journey
L – Launch into Action
A – Adjust as you go
N – Network with those who know

I can not think of a better situation in order to apply the PLAN than dealing with unemployment. Just like any good plan, you need to spend some time thinking and talking about it. You should also write it down and look at it everyday to make sure you are staying on-track.

So let’s take a look at how developing a PLAN may be beneficial in your situation of unemployment.

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Author's Bio: 

As the President and Career Doctor at, Robert Shindell invests his work with more than 10 years of experience in education, human resources management, and other areas of business. Through, Career Doctor Robert Shindell maintains a broad database of information and rich media content to steer motivated job seekers in the right direction. An indispensable resource for recent college graduates, laid-off employees, or anyone else searching for work in a difficult economy and highly selective job market, has grown into one of the most comprehensive free advisory services on the Web--a testament to the tireless efforts of Robert Shindell.

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