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Wow, I was laid off yesterday as well. Thanks for the great advice! Posted by amanda on November 14, at 8: All those things you gripe about not having time to do when you have a full-time job, like exercising and eating right, you have plenty of time to do now. Forget starting a blog about the industry you want to get into. Go get an internship. I was interested in the music industry, so got in touch with a local record label and asked them for an internship. I was in my 30s. Because of my age and experience, I definitely stood out from all the college kids. And then they hired me. Indulge in a hobby.

A while ago, between jobs, I picked up pottery painting. I loved it so much, I ended up getting a part-time job at the studio just to have painting time. Met a lot of interesting people at the studio, too. You never know where life will lead, so follow ALL avenues, not just vocational ones. Do something for charity. You never know when you or someone you care about will need to be on the receiving end.

Chances are your unemployment, even in These Tough Economic Times [tm], willbe shorter than you think. Work on your tan. Take the vacation you never took. Enjoy yourself a little. Posted by Andrea on March 6, at 2: Does it vary by state I am in MA? Posted by Allison on March 6, at 3: It might depend on the of hours they have you work, not sure.

Posted by Andrea on March 6, at 4: Posted by Allison on March 6, at 4: It is possible to get an internship without being a college student. Perhaps this is the reason for your rejection? Maybe approach the company suggesting a volunteer internship or experience where you can learn about the industry and infuse your expertise into the organization. Posted by Heather Maietta on March 7, at Posted by Ashurbanipal on November 7, at 5: I have to say, I like your idea about getting an internship.

That is tremendous, especially when you find you actually have the time now. I just shot off two emails to firms for an internship placement. Instead, having the two interning and blogging about that embrace one another sounds swell! Posted by Adjoa on August 29, at 2: I am unemployed and have been since November and I have to say that you put up some pretty good points. I believe everyone has to start somewhere. Posted by Sebastian on February 6, at 1: You have lived one of the coolest lives. I love reading your stories about your past risks, adventures and successes.

I also appreciate how honest you are about your failures and missteps. This post in particular was really inspiring to me. The around-the-clock schedule means less time for things such as obsessively watching the Food Network and leafing through magazines, but those are things I should probably do without anyways! Posted by Dallas on March 6, at 3: It has taken me exactly six months to find a job. I start my new job on Monday. While unemployed I worked on writing projects, started a blog, and traveled.

I would talk about those things during job interviews. My experience was that interviewers understood how scarce jobs are right now and were not put off my the gap in my employment history, but interested in what I could do for myself when left to my own devices. The best thing is that I am coming to see that the blogging, writing etc.

All wonderful suggestions for that weird transition time…especially when still figuring out what to do with my life. Posted by Megan on March 6, at 3: American life is changing rapidly and it has to be accepted. But there will be millions that are foreced to find new and totaly different priorities rather than living for the old ones. A couple of years ago, right after getting married and spending a ton of money on a fabulous honeymoon trip, I unexpectedly lost my biggest client.

For about four months I had almost no billable work. Posted by Kristin T. The only time I get things done is on days when I have some other activity scheduled. Posted by Anca on March 6, at 4: I like what Marshall McLuhan said in You can only have roles. Posted by Paula Thornton on March 6, at 6: Posted by Mark F..

Depending on how I present it, people do show interest. Starting a blog, a homebased business and developing a product were all huge learning curves and required the time I had available after I quit my job in July. The time off rejuvenated my energy and interest for my work, and I still get to do my projects. Posted by Robyn on March 7, at 9: This is good advice.

I was laid off in November and spent December in a continuous wave of panic.

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In January, I got contract work that may soon lead to a full time position. I have gotten really good at being interviewed — I used to get really nervous and my lips would stick to my teeth. Posted by rainie on March 7, at 9: This is a genuinely helpful post Penelope.

Posted by Financial on March 7, at 9: Informational interviewing or field research is another great way to make use of your time. Posted by John on March 7, at Posted by Marianne on March 7, at And written just for me, it would seem. For those who find themselves un- or underemployed, success will be determined by how they spent their time. Posted by eliz on March 7, at 2: This is one of your best posts ever.

Insight like this is the reason I always come back. This IS the way it works. Is it possible for you to post a spin on this with tips on ways to keep up with all of these important skill and image boosters when you have no time because you are scrambling at a job that, although it pays the bills, adds nothing special to your resume? Posted by Liz on March 7, at 7: I think another point is get in touch with old friends, family, or make new friends and build up a support system.

Even networking for work, you forget how to be friends with people. Some days I want to panic and fret about not having a job, and I need to hear from someone else that I need to chill because life inside my head is much more insane than reality. I particularly am discouraged by the job postings that require the jobsearcher to visit another site that is fee based.

An example, PR Crossing or the plethora of direct marketing and telemarketing job postings. Why do they not have their own category? Craigslist is user monitored so many of the bad job postings get flagged, but what about the aforementioned sites? Who regulates these postings?

And how is applying through these sites more effective or not as effective as dealing directly with the company or HR department? Not really complaining, just a frequent thought in my head. Posted by geri on March 7, at 8: I learned to expand my network by doing a couple of small, free assignments for someone who was starting a very interesting company.

Posted by Jim B on March 7, at 9: Posted by Craig on March 7, at I LOVE the idea of launching a project. Your gap-time is a precious opportunity to grow yourself beyond your past job description. If you have been laid off and must now address that issue with a potential hiring manager, be real about it. Keep your head held high. Posted by Martha Finney on March 8, at Excellent post, especially like the mention that job hunting for 8 hours a day will make you go nuts.

When I talk with candidates it is good to hear that they have pursued other interests while unemployed and your idea of volunteering time to prevent gaps in your resume is excellent advice. I had a candidate that who spent his time off getting scuba certification and being a scuba instructor; which he put on his resume. I applauded him for being active but then suggested that he balance his time between personal passions and maintaining marketable skills in his chosen industry. Posted by Jeffrey on March 8, at 9: Posted by Annie Pazoo on March 8, at This is a fantastic post.

I also highly recommend Toastmasters as a place to develop professional public speaking skills in a warm and supportive setting for an extremely reasonable price. Posted by Alexandra on March 8, at Excellent post — the part about working at a part-time job for no pay was particularly good.

I never thought about it, but having something to fill in that gap with will definitely set you aside from the other applicants. Volunteering can do a similar job. After I got laid off, I found that http: Most of the sites online cater to either job hunting or hard-core networking, but this is the only one designed as a place for unemployed people to go to figure out what to do with themselves during the unemployment time.

Posted by Andrew on March 9, at 1: Thanks for the boost in confidence! I love swing dancing! Posted by Lorraine on March 9, at This is very useful information. For me and many others, I imagine , being laid off would likely mean not being able to afford my full-time babysitter anymore. Posted by Sarah on March 9, at Just what I was wondering as well!

Most of the advice re: Ever try to ride a bus with more than 1 child younger than 5 , without car seats or even seat belts? Posted by Robin on March 11, at 9: So my accounting side is coming out. Yea not really many costs here.. But it depends what you do. Sounds like this could be retitled to: This makes sense but in your example it mentions a dance lesson.

Well that cots money unless you know the instructor and they give it to you free. Yes you can do you own blog for free with blogger and others. Yes, some businesses has free wifi, but you still need a computer to be able to use the internet. There are tons of costs to starting up your new company, but it depends on what type of good or service you are going to develop. Should a list the great list of costs with this? This is actually probably the only one free unless you have a phone.

Posted by Nick Schmidt on March 9, at 6: Yeah, I was thinking of starting a Texas Holdem Company. Then use the software program for training purposes. Posted by bilbo on March 9, at 6: I must respectfully disagree. When you have a job, you are working for someone else. You will network — not just through LinkedIn or the teeny-bopper web sites, but at real, live meetings of your professional association.

In my case, I was once unemployed for a seven week stretch that seemed like an eternity. My local section of the American Chemical Society was an invaluable source of information and job-hunting resources. I met people and learned of job openings I never would have found any other way.

If you take a part-time job, fill the rest of the forty or fifty hour week with your hunt for a full-time job. So yes, you can job-hunt 8 or 9 or 10 hours a day. Posted by Jim C. Posted by Niagra Seneca on March 10, at 5: This is mostly good advice, but as mentioned, much of the activity takes money—dance classes, commuting costs for all that volunteering, etc. Unpaid internships are for the rich and the upper middle class- not working class folk. Of course I am doing more than just posting resumes—also doing some online and offline networking. Job searching is a slow, soul-destroying process for me because I do not have the contacts that the middle class and wealthy do.

Posted by some guy on March 10, at 5: Actually, unpaid internships are for people who can sponge off their parents as well as for the rich. People at interviews can sense that, and they cross your name off the list. Hardly any money, sleeping on a sofa with an internet connection, etc. But I found a couple ways to get around:. Is there a bus system where you are? Buses suck and take twice as long to get you places as a car, but mine costs only a buck per ride. Mooch off of friends.

Do any of your friends have cars who would be willing to help you out, take you to volunteer or network? Posted by Erica Stratton on March 11, at 9: This is great advice, because when someone gets fired they sometimes panic and jump at the next job that comes along just to fill their time.

Just like during after the breakup of a relationship, it takes some time to move on from a job loss! Did Jesus declare that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will— in the future —be resurrected? This text is often twisted and perverted in an attempt to prove that Abraham is not dead—that he went to heaven when he died—just the diametric opposite of what Jesus used this illustration to point out. God is the God of the living, not the dead.

God sometimes speaks of things that are to be as though they have already happened Romans 4: Jesus was speaking of their future resurrection to immortal life! We can now see why Abraham and his children through Christ have not, as yet, inherited the promises. They simply cannot come into their eternal inheritance until they receive eternal life!

This, as Paul explained, will happen at the resurrection from the dead! Without a resurrection, the dead would never live again 1 Corinthians The surprising truth is that heaven is coming to the Earth. The Earth will eventually become the very headquarters from which the Father will rule His vast creation! The press trotted out a host of experts to assure us that the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic parties were not all that popular in Egypt. Their thoughts got most of the space and the last word in the discussion. As recently as December 11, Nicholas D. Kristof wrote in the Times: The fears of the secularists proved overblown, and I think the same is true of anxieties about Islamic parties in Egypt today.

Even the usually solid Foreign Policy magazine got it wrong. While the Muslim Brotherhood enjoy support from a significant segment of Egyptian society, more Egyptians see a parliament in which the group holds a strong, influential position as bad for the country. Now the results are in, it turns out that all of the above had their heads in the sand. The even more hard-line Salafist Islamist al-Nour Party won 25 percent.

A Muslim Brotherhood leader, Saad al-Katatni, was elected as the speaker of parliament. Proved utterly wrong, the media immediately began looking for another way to bury their heads in the sand. The New York Times spun it this way: Here is the reality: These news reports ignore such facts. They make no mention of the Muslim Brotherhood being the parent party of Hamas. In a way, the New York Times got it right, though. The Muslim Brotherhood is mainstream: Its political wing is the most popular party in Egypt. It calls for sharia and strict punishments, including flogging and amputation.

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According to this new myth, the Muslim Brotherhood will get on fine with Israel. He cited a number of leaders from both parties, including leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Dr. Mohammed Badie, saying the treaty should be abandoned or key points amended. One thing is for certain: Parliament will have the last say, and, if necessary there will be a popular referendum. The Islamists are simply trying to have their cake and eat it too: They are looking for a way to end the peace treaty with Israel while maintaining for as long as possible the flow of money and arms they receive from America.

This puts Israel in deep danger. Now that enmity is gone. Israel is scrambling to respond to the threat of a radicalized Egypt. It knows that if Egypt joined up with Iran, then suddenly it would be caught in an Islamist vice-grip: Hezbollah in the north, Fatah in the east, and Hamas and Egypt in the south could launch a coordinated attack. The little nation is literally surrounded by radical Islam. Are you going to trust the news outlets that made predictions just months ago that have already been proved wrong?

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In , in the first edition of his booklet The King of the South, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry forecast that Egypt would eventually ally with Iran. These prophecies, written thousands of years ago, are far more accurate than predictions by journalists written last year. After quoting a pivotal prophecy in Daniel 11, Mr. However it happens, Egypt will also become the enemy of the king of the north [Europe].

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  • Plagiarizing one of our articles, it wrote in late Egypt is turning radical before our eyes. This development ties in to a host of prophecies the Trumpet has been drawing attention to for years. It puts Israel in great danger. As Islamism grows in Egypt, that nation will ally with Iran, radically increasing the power of this aggressive movement.

    So whom will you trust? The liberal media with their heads in the sand—the same people who said the Islamists had no chance of winning an election in Egypt—who now say the Muslim Brotherhood will abandon radical Islam? Or the Bible, that prophesied this outcome millennia ago? Flurry has additionally predicted, based on Daniel 11, that Libya and Ethiopia would also fall to radical Islam. These prophecies are described in detail in our free booklet The King of the South. Request this booklet that was originally written years ahead of its time.

    Avoid the deadly deceit of the mainstream media, and get the real scoop on what is happening in the Middle East! W hat does it mean to create? When most of us hear that word, we think of the name of some great artist, musician or writer. We think da Vinci, Mozart, or Shakespeare. We carelessly assume that only a privileged few men and women are capable of creating things. Most of us assume that we lack the talent or intelligence to create anything worthwhile.

    A lot of deep-thinking people are beginning to challenge that assumption. Do you have a correct concept of talent? The truth is, God never intended that only a few enjoy the pleasure and fulfillment that comes by the creative process. He wants every human being—every man, woman and child—to have an abundant, creative and successful life.

    Yes, it is your God-given heritage to live the life of a creator! Bringing something into being from nothing is a huge part of what makes human life abundant and fulfilling. Yet, how do you become a creator? Only a few have learned how. There is a reason why. Something is wrong with our education system. Becoming a successful creator comes only by obtaining right education and performing hard work.

    Creating anything—art, literature, delicious meals, new products and processes, music—does not come easy. Yet, creating is not a mysterious gift reserved just for the few. You can live an exuberant life creating wonderful things if you really want to. You simply have to learn how. A few contend that the very existence of talent is not, as they carefully put it, supported by evidence. Is there a possibility that talent has little to do with great performance? The truth is, many have given up hope of creating anything because certain myths about talent have been promulgated for years.

    One of these is the Mozart myth. The Mozart myth purportedly explains how he created such great music: Some experts believed Mozart composed his symphonies in one sitting with little or no revision. He was deeply interested in how music was taught to children. His book on violin instruction was considered the most authoritative work on the subject for decades. Leopold Mozart was also a demanding father who started teaching his son music composition and performance at age 3. So Wolfgang was receiving intense music instruction at a very young age. Unsurprisingly, then, Mozart was composing music at age 5 and giving public piano and violin performances by age 8.

    He had an incredible role model to imitate. Some were heavily edited by his father. Other compositions followed the style of another of his teachers, Johann Christian Bach. It is important that every educator, ceo and parent know that the guiding assumption about talent is causing trouble for many individuals.

    Every human has the potential to become a creator. Think about that statement. This matter carries great significance to how we rear our children, how we educate them in our schools, and how people perform on their jobs. Gifted performance is not reserved for the elite few. It is a matter of disciplined training, which includes blood, sweat and tears.

    Current assumptions on talent are based on the false theory of evolution. Colvin shows that before Darwin, it was believed that people were born with more or less the same capabilities, which were developed to varying degrees during life—in other words, that all people held approximately equal ability to develop skills. It was up to each individual to make of himself what he would.

    This belief, more than any other, led to the notion that the United States of America was the land of equal opportunity.

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    History shows many who fully embraced that belief made great fortunes in America. Can you imagine the creative good that would result if we applied this old way of thinking to every man, woman and child today? It would revolutionize the way we learn and work. Adults desiring more out of life would not give up learning or doing something new or different just because it was difficult. Workers would be much more productive and successful on the job.

    Research into the lives of great artists and inventors—the da Vincis, the Edisons, the Einsteins—has uncovered that these individuals were not necessarily more intelligent or talented than others. Actually, they were taught to think differently. One of the number one problems in our education system is: Our children are not taught to think—they are taught to memorize facts. They are then tested on how well they repeat what they memorized.

    Students who have the best recall are considered really smart. Assuredly, the memorization of certain facts is good—the multiplication tables in math or dates of history, for example. Yet what happens when cultural assumptions are taught to be memorized as facts? You could end up believing that the sun revolves around the Earth.

    Michael Michalko, in his book Cracking Creativity, states: When confronted with problems, we fixate on something in our past that has worked before. For starters, what we have been taught could be wrong. In addition, when we solve new problems based only on what we have done in the past, we can become narrow, rigid know-it-alls, assuming the correctness of our conclusions. This can close us off to new learning and new ways of doing things. This kind of big thinking takes more work, yet yields more possibilities, adding significantly to the number of new ways to do things. Productive thinking is fundamental to becoming a creator.

    It is proven that human beings learn best by doing. If you want to become more creative or have your children learn to be creative, the best time to start is right now. A box of crayons or colored pencils and a blank pad of newsprint paper will be enough to get you, or your child, started. Keep your expectations practical. The great creators in human history began their careers with learning the fundamentals of their art.

    Any creating requires education in the basics. Wolfgang Mozart had to come to understand the basics of music composition before he ever wrote the music that so many consider a priceless treasure. Armstrong described education, or preparation, as the second law of success. Often, very young children are naturally more creative than adults.

    Being new themselves, their world is full of wonder waiting to be explored. Curiosity opens wide the doors of investigation and experience.


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    In addition, young children tend not to fear failure. They are eager to try anything and everything. Sadly, as adults we tend to fall into the creativity-crushing mental rut of believing that we know everything. Intellectual arrogance can kill our curiosity, our desire to investigate, and our willingness to try new things.

    To become more creative, we must become more curious in our thinking—like a child. The truly great creators never quit learning. How people encourage creativity today is more like sugar-coated rebellion than true creation. Many municipalities have strict laws against such destructive activity, calling it what it truly is—property-damaging graffiti! Allowing a child to bang on a piano does not teach a child how to play music.

    Without it, no continuous creative work of any quality can be accomplished. The truly great writers know that quality literature is produced not by some mythological muse but by showing up at the keyboard at a specific time every day and then staying at that keyboard until real work is performed.

    One famous British author was asked if he wrote by inspiration or schedule. A lot of would-be creators talk much about their art, whether it be dance, music, painting, sculpting or writing. Generally that is where it stops—talk. Yet, doing art is more than a dab of paint on a canvas when you feel like it or when inspiration hits. Doing art means concentration, focus, order, organization, personal sacrifice, scheduling and meeting standards—all elements of self-discipline.

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    All parents should make it their goal to teach their children the fundamentals of self-discipline. No child can succeed at anything without them. One of the most important elements of self-discipline is drive. Creative accomplishment requires the creator to keep a prod on himself. The person who desires to be a great piano player must drive himself to practice until he gets his music right. Drive is not an external force—it comes from within a person. All the histories of the great creators hold one fact in common: All were driven to create.

    How else could they have become the masters of their fields? In his book Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson skillfully and with colorful detail gives us a clear picture of a man driven by passion. Steve Jobs demanded much of himself and the people he employed, which delivered incredible results. Before hiring an employee, Jobs expected to see the fires of passion for Apple products burning bright inside the applicant.

    If there was no fire, there was no job. Creators love what they do.

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    • If you do not deeply love what you are doing, you will never be very good at it. Music composer Robert Fritz, in his book Creating, states: In the creative process, love is generative rather than simply responsive …. Fritz further explains that generative love focuses not on the creator, but on what is created. Creation is a selfless, not a selfish, process. In reality this is a deeply spiritual concept. As a Creator, He is passionate about what He is doing. He is creating an incredible family to finish the creation of the universe Romans 8: That is the highest form of generative love.

      All those desiring to become creators will need to imitate and put into practice this kind of love. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to learn how to create. That education opens up new vistas to understanding God and deepens our relationship with Him. It is crucial that parents help their children discover what they can be truly passionate about.

      Half-hearted interest produces half-hearted results. Every child has ability and aptitude to excel at some skillful enterprise. Yet there must be passion. Careful observation of your child as he experiences new things will unveil to you what your child will love doing. Being a very good creator is very hard work. There is no way around it. Most people stop creating because they meet some obstacle along the way. That obstacle could come in the form of criticism or rejection. Most of the time, though, people give up when the act of creating gets hard.

      Painting a masterpiece is hard work. Composing unforgettable music is hard work. Writing poetry that lasts forever is hard work! Creation requires sacrifice and a lot of time. We want what we want—now! When we set out to do something, we expect to see immediate results. Creating requires patience and longsuffering. Scriptwriter Steven Pressfield describes the creative process as the war of art. What does he mean by that? A former marine, Pressfield experienced the difficulties, exhaustion and personal trials that afflict soldiers.

      He believes that to create art requires the toughness of a soldier. The major battle that creators face is with their own self. So, when the creating gets tough, you must push through the toughness. Geoff Colvin encourages us: The path is extremely long and demanding, and only a few will follow it all the way to its end. Recent research on Mozart has uncovered that he continually revised his compositions.

      This is what made his music such a great treasure. Herbert Armstrong explained in The Seven Laws of Success that a person seeking any achievement must use resourcefulness and perseverance when the work gets difficult. The truly great creators knew how to use these two building blocks of work effectively. Human beings are creators by nature. Challenge yourself to embark on a creative journey that will add a new and exciting dimension to your life. You will be pleasantly surprised when you open up your own dazzling creative possibilities.

      S tar Trek had earthlings zipping to planets throughout outer space, regularly encountering other intelligent life—most of which looked suspiciously like human beings wearing prosthetics of various shapes. But outside the world of science fiction, no planets outside those in our own solar system had been discovered. That was before Since then, our telescopes have improved and scientists have discovered hundreds of planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy.

      Seven hundred and twenty-nine, to be exact, currently fill the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia. And we have really only begun to realize how many really might be out there. But a groundbreaking study published in Nature in January blows previous estimates out past the stratosphere. An international team of scientists evaluated million stars 3, to 25, light-years away, analyzing gravitational microlensing data.

      The team calculated the number of planets within that statistical sample and extrapolated how many planets the galaxy must hold. If you look at the sky on a clear night, you will see several hundred stars—maybe even a few thousand. However many stars your eye takes in, imagine most of them being the center of a solar system!