Years ago, while living in England I had a discussion with somebody about work and unemployment. He said that if he were to go back to France at that point, there would not be job out there for him as a waiter and he didn't want to do anything else. I said that any job was better than no job, at least it would show a prospective employer that you are not afraid to work!
I have been unemployed several times in my life, but never more than a month. Usually it had something to do with the fact I had just come back from wherever I was working at the time and was waiting to go to wherever I would be working next. I applied for the dole on several occasions, but more often I just lived of my parents and enjoyed some free time.
Yesterday my last job ended. So, I am now officially unemployed. Which is not such a big problem, since my new job starts in two days time. I am looking forward to it. I will be in my new home and start a new job and try to start a new Norwegian life.