So you’ve lost your job.
Or graduated from school and haven’t found one yet. (Pick me, pick me!)
Unemployment gives you opportunity to reflect on your jobless status: the good, the bad, and the ugly. So here’s my list of good and bad things about being out of work.
The Cons of Being Unemployed
- no money to do anything, including going to Frenchys (oh the horror!)
- long distance phone numbers on the caller ID (you know why)
- no excuse for downing copious amounts of coffee
- weekends are the same as weekdays, thus no longer as exciting (in fact, they are a bit disappointing because no employers will call you on these days)
- spending your spare time typing cover letters for any possible jobs including part-time rocket scientist
- unnatural obsession with all the job sites
- people ask “Got a job yet?”
- you seriously consider going to Timbucktu for paid employment
- kids who work at fast f0od restaurants are cooler than you are because they have gainful employment
- no excuse to be tired at 6PM
- no reason for a Blackberry, cell phone, or calendar
- no cool position to put in your Facebook profile
- feeling like a lazy Atlantic Canadian have not bum
- worrying your Gmail is getting snagged by potential employer’s e-mail filters
- little reason to put on makeup to surf the net
- RRSP? Pension Plan?
- a sense of feeling incomplete
- your Liberal Arts degree is fulfilling the stereotype of being useless in the job market
The Pros of Unemployment
- sleeping until lunchtime without missing a thing
- walking around in your jammies at 2 in the afternoon
- not having to book a day off work to go see the doctor or dentist
- doing whatever you want whenever you want
- ample time to catch up on your housework
- freedom to paint your room
- not answering to The Man
- no gossiping co-workers
- no income tax!
- staying up late to read
- unmitigated writing time!
- you and your cat are getting to know each other better
- not putting any kilometres on your car
- you don’t have to put on any makeup to surf the internet
- dreaming your next job will pay you $50K