Yes, unemployment is a big curse, that can cause huge harm to anyone, and bring about huge tensions. These tensions will also multiply when he or she was working in some good job, but has lost his or her job for whatever reason.
The surest way of getting another job and still be employable is to take up new skills, for which either the person is already qualified, or pick up these skills, by getting trained in the minutest of jobs or alternate jobs.
Two real life instances might illustrate this far better. Both happened in Chennai, and since in both the cases, the persons involved were known to me, am discussing their experiences here, without naming anyone.
In the first case, the person concerned lost his job in 2009, in a small IT company. He had a good degree from a famous Chennai college and had also qualified himself further, through some private institute, with some good IT skills. Four years into the job, the company went through a bad batch in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, and the person was asked to go. By then, he already had a child, just waiting to go to school.
Fortunately, his communication skills were simply superb. He immediately found a good job in a BPO organization, at a slightly lesser salary. Since his in-laws landed in the city to take care of the child, his wife who was a trained teacher with a BEd qualification, was happy to accept a job in a nearby school, where the child was also admitted without any payment.
Both husband and wife managed to go through all the hardships, with smiles on their faces. Needless to add, when the IT sector was back to good times, he landed in a good IT job and it was back to square one.
In the second case, the person, into sales in a good consumer products company, with a very good brand name, lost his job, due to his inability to tolerate a horrible new boss. His wife was already working in a trading company as an accountant, but could not support him as her salary was so little. The man boldly walked into the office of a new company, manufacturing a range of household spices, met the HR chief and submitted his application for any suitable job. He got a job, but based out of Madurai. Once again, his parents came over to Chennai to take care of his wife, and this gentleman went to Madurai. He would often come to Chennai, on official work.
After two years, he got posted to Chennai, in the same company.
As these two case studies illustrate, we live in very uncertain times. The surest insurance is to gather quality experience in any chosen field. For instance, those in Accountancy and Finance will know that knowledge of routine accounting is no more enough. He or she should also be very much familiar with the nuances of GST and become very shrewd in cost cutting strategies.
So, the secret is to become "employable". Many 45 plus MBAs from IIMs have now found jobs as Faculty Members in a huge number of B schools. So, the world keeps on changing around us. We just need to be aware of what it takes to be successful.