When you meet a man (or fill out an online dating profile), one of the first questions is, "What do you do?" You can't exactly say, "Nothing." Though it might seem worse for a man to be out of work than a woman, not many guys want to date a perpetually jobless woman (gold digger?) either.
In between jobs, earn some money, sharpen your skills and boost your self esteem by freelancing or doing temporary work. Then, when someone new asks, "Where do you work?" you can reply with confidence, "I'm an independent contractor." (You can also say "consultant" without exactly lying.)
If you are currently dating someone, don't stick him with the big check all the time just because you are unemployed. Instead, learn how to date cheaply. Skip the fancy restaurants and A-list clubs. A picnic at the park, a movie at home or a window-shopping trip are all fun (and cheap!) date activities.
Assure your partner that you are not lazy and that you are actively looking for work. Don't just sit on the couch browsing Internet job listings, either. Network with friends and family. Get out there and pound the pavement to find a job. Even if it's just a temporary position, you'll feel better about yourself and thus be a better partner.
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