I know that as a single mom you can’t think of any way that getting laid off from your job could be anything except a disaster, but there are situations where layoffs can be a good thing. If you are unhappy with your job and want to find a different position or a better field you probably don’t have time to do a lot of job searching, applying, and interviewing without your current employer knowing what’s going on.
When you get laid off there are many forms of assistance that you can qualify for to get your thought the tough financial time while you look for a new job. You also won’t have to worry about scheduling interviews on a lunch hour or after your other job; you can work on your resume, do some networking, visit job fairs, and take the time you need to find the best job for you.
You will also save money on daycare and have some time to spend with your children until you find a new job. If you are considering going to school a layoff can be just the thing you need to get you moving in that direction. When you aren’t employed you may find that you have more drive to find a better position, take steps to earn a degree or simply find a job that really suits you and your scheduling needs.
No, a layoff isn’t a good thing when you are a single mom who has bills piling up and no income to pay them, but many times a layoff can lead to you finding a better paying job or one that is more suited to your situation. The first thing you should do if you get laid off is visit your social services department and your unemployment office. With assistance and possibly some temp jobs, you can make ends meet while you search for and apply to your new and better job.
Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged and depressed if you get laid off. As a single mom I know you feel that the weight of the world is on your shoulders sometimes, and when you suddenly lose your job it can be overwhelming. Keep your thoughts in order and know that you aren’t the only single mom going through this, and that there are resources and help to get your through this unemployment snag. Think positive thoughts and go for the job you really want after you get laid off.
Single moms face the challenge of needing to work to support their children. While there are some wonderful fathers who do pay their child support many times the opposite is true and as a single mom you end up burning the candle at both ends just to make ends meet. When you get laid off it can be tempting to settle for any job you can find. There are pros and cons to that situation and before you accept a job you should consider the options.
Settling for Minimal Hours and Minimal Pay
If you accept a job at a place where you probably won’t be making enough to cover day care costs for the few hours you get to work each week, you are probably better off waiting and continuing your job search. It can be tempting to say that it’s a temporary job and that you’ll keep looking for another job, but what are the chances of having time to go to interviews, scour the want ads and distribute resumes while you’re trying to earn enough to live on? There are several programs through Social Services that will help you while you are in between good jobs. There is no need to settle.
Room to Advance
If you find an entry level position that offers the potential to advance then you may want to consider the pay cut or the longer commute. Job security and the possibility or promotions and career growth are positive reasons to settle for a job that you really don’t feel is best for you. Think of it as a temporary position like a trial period before you can move up to the position you really want.
A varying schedule is a problem for many single moms. Daycare hours and time to spend with your children often get compromised when you vary between day and evening shifts, rotating weekends and other scheduling problems. If taking a job will keep you from having quality time with your children, will cost you more in child care and create a stressful situation for your child it may be best to wait until you find a job that won’t alter your schedule quite so much. Children can become quite distressed when Mommy isn’t home to tuck them in, or they go to bed and the babysitters only to be awoken a few hours later to go home.
I know that being without a job after a layoff is a big concern, but no matter how tempting it may be to settle for any job that comes along make sure you take the time to weigh the pros and cons before accepting a job that will disrupt your family life.
How can a single mom find a good job after a layoff? Layoffs are rampant in today’s job market. Losing a job and the income from that job is difficult for anyone but more so for a single mom. One of the most frightening things that can happen to a single mom is being laid off. How will you provide for your children? Will you lose your home? Can you afford groceries? All of these thoughts and many more will run through your mind when you get laid off. It’s times like this that utilizing all of your single mom resources will be necessary. Finding a job after a layoff can be frustrating and stressful but you do have ways to network and find a position that will meet your financial needs as well as other options while you are job searching.
The first thing to do when you get laid off is to visit your local unemployment office and find out what your options are. The requirements for unemployment assistance vary so a visit to your local office will clue you in to what benefits you may receive while you are laid off and looking for a new job. Most unemployment offices also have job listings and job boards where you can find out about available positions and temporary employment centers.
The Department of Social Services should be your next stop. The DSS can offer you information about food banks, food stamps, utility assistance programs and housing programs that can help you while you are laid off. This is no time to be too proud to seek assistance. A working single mother struggles as it is, but a laid off single mother needs all the help she can get. Keep in mind that this is a temporary situation until you find a job.
Dust off your resume and make sure it is updated and ready to be shopped to various places of employment to help you show your qualification for positions you apply for. Applications are straightforward and include some of the information an employer wants, but a resume shows that you are a professional and are not only organized and experienced, but prepared.
Newspaper and online classified Help Wanted ads are a wonderful place to begin your job search after you are laid off. Yes, it can be frustrating and depressing to call or inquire about job after job just to find out that the position has been filled. But the person who filled that position was likely doing just as you are now, and you never know when one phone call could be the one that will land you employment again.
While it is frightening and frustrating to be laid off from a job that you count on to support your children, it is not the end of the world and there are ways to cope with the situation until you find a job.