I lost my job about an hour after I got married.
I’m exaggerating, but that’s what my in-laws probably thought. After our wedding, I moved their Georgian daughter to Boston for my job—and then promptly lost it. Those were not fun months.
A lot of people are in a similar place right now. Whether you lost your job or graduated from college into an economy that doesn’t feel very friendly, here are three things you need to do right now:
1. Think about your circles.
Being unemployed is about properly managing three different circles: geography, industry, and commitment. The longer you’re unemployed, the more deliberate you have to be about expanding these circles.
For example, for the first month or so, you might look for a new job in your city. During the second and third months, you might expand your search to other cities within your state.