Insights: 7 Tips to Help Jobless Americans Persevere

For our Insights & Opinions section today, John McKee, a Los Angeles resident and former executive at DirecTV, and currently an author and business coach, gives seven tips to the currently unemployed on how to persevere through - and even make the most of - this difficult time.

The numbers are staggering: The Labor Department recently reported 598,000 Jobs losses in January 2009, the worst one-month decline in 35 years, with the overall unemployment rate now at a whopping 7.6 percent - the highest since 1992. To date, a total of 3.6 million jobs have been lost during this recession. Another report revealed some economists actually believe "the unemployment rate could hit 9 percent or 10 percent at the end of this year, even with a government stimulus and all-time low interest rates."

To help the throngs who now or will soon find themselves without a job to report to, here are 7 tips to help the currently and impending unemployed persevere through - and even make the most of - this difficult time:

1. Consider going solo. Given the amount of dramatic changes affecting organizations and businesses across all sectors, it may be extremely difficult and perhaps impossible to replace your job when itís lost. Now is the time to think outside of the box. READ MORE...