It’s a phenomenon that’s sweeping the unemployed nation by storm: Funemployment. Defined by Urban Dictionary as “The condition of a person who takes advantage of being out of a job to have the time of their life”, funemployment (or ‘paycation’ as it is sometimes called) has become a buzzword to describe a subculture of atypical ex-employees who have somehow waded through the shock and horror of joblessness and ended up alive and kicking on the other side.
Searching for a new job can be daunting at times, there’s no doubt about that. The seemingly endless stream of applications and dead-ends is enough to leave any member of the newly idled workforce ready to throw in the towel and start making under-funded videos on YouTube. But for a select few, this dreaded suspension from traditional employment has morphed into a unique opportunity to step away from the 9-5 lifestyle.
But seriously. The national unemployment rate climbed to 9.7% in June, the highest it has been since the 80’s. In light of this, there’s one piece of advice we would all like you – the best, brightest, and most innovative unemployment force America has ever seen – to take away. Keep your cool, step back, and breathe. In the words of Monty Python: always look on the bright side of life. Pick up something that you’ve always wanted to pursue but never had the time for. Learn how to skateboard, join a knitting club, start a blog, or play matchmaker for your sister’s awkward oldest son.
Staying calm and taking advantage of your down time by doing things you love not only saves you a lot of stress, but makes you more attractive to potential employers when you finally do decide to don your suit once more.
So what will you do to stave off the post-layoff blues? In the end, it’s up to you. But whatever you decide, this is one Doostang team that is with you all the way.
Until Next Time,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Doostang