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10/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Upside of Unemployment

I'm sure you're wondering how there could be such a thing. With so many people losing a job this year (or just worried about their finances) I shared my thoughts on weathering the choppy employment waters with the New York Daily News.

My goal here isn't to tell you about how to rewrite your resume or network--undoubtedly, you know how to do that already. This is more of a "what you might not have considered" list that will help you during the transitory period between one job and the next. While getting laid off, downsized or fired is never easy and circumstances can vary from one person to the next, there are some ideas you may want to consider.

Like the fact that this is a time for reinvention and opportunity. You can now take the time to choose exactly the right company to work for--one that aligns with your values and goals. Pick a job that gets you really fired up. Right now, looking for a job is now your job. Many people are running out their unemployment benefits, taking six months or more to find a new gig. Perseverance and patience should be your new best friends. You may have to settle for less. Some jobs may never come back, and you may be facing that reality. But even in a bad economy, there are jobs for good people. So keep at it!

Meanwhile, the next job you take may be a transitional one. Whether it's full or part time, embrace it. Every experience is a valuable one and you never know where it may lead. It's OK to freelance or find part-time work to create cash flow until you find a better position. Just keep reminding yourself of the positives. Use language like "I'm excited I'm back in the job market because it's given me a chance to go after a job that I love," as opposed to, "I recently lost my job." What you can control during this time of change are the words you use. People who are optimists and have positive beliefs will always get through this change better than others. Do what it takes to keep your outlook strong.

As I always say, something good will come. In the meantime, take it one day at a time, and tell me how you're dealing with the challenges today.