My dear photographer friend mentioned in my last post JacenK was just today given the boot from his job in Chicago. This was really hard news to hear knowing the living costs in that city and that he was already currently struggling just to eat there with a job. Things like this can seem like you will need to start looking for a cardboard box, but no worries for Jacen and all the other newly unemployed. It seems the world is on a transitionary path right now, lots of things turned upside down but you can turn your world right side up if you just follow these steps.
1. File for unemployment
It’s really not hard, you may be able to do it online and you can get about $300 or more a week depending on location and income.
2. Apply for foodstamps
You get a cool card and about $170 a month for food.
3. Get rid of small bills
Netflix, Internet (if there’s a wifi source nearby) and brew coffee at home. Get a powerful room fan instead of using air all the time in the summer.
4. Network your butt off on Twitter
Use Tweetdeck and look for people who are looking for you! Put in a search for in Jacen’s case “photographer chicago” to catch any tweets about people looking for photographers in that area. Another great thing is to add people from news or magazine sources. Anyway to get buzz generated about you is good for helping you get your foot in the door.
5. Help others while you are searching!
It may just help you if they find jobs and can return the favor.
6. Use discount sites
Do you have any unemployment tips for Jacen or for others? Leave a comment and feel great about helping someone that may not have anywhere else to turn.
Are you looking for a unique, flexible photographer that is easy to work with in the Chicago area? Find out more about him and his photography at Flickr or his blog www.jacenk.net and JacenK’s extensive photography portfolio or contact him on twitter at @jacenk
Always remember to bring a towel,