I have accepted a great full-time career opportunity! I will write another post soon with additional information, reflections, and lessons learned, but wanted to share the good news!!
I am not sure if I can do this blog anymore. I am not sure if I have anything positive to say anymore. I am tired. I am tired of looking for a job. I am tired of reading advice on LinkedIn, resumes, cover letters, and job search tips. I am tired of being rejected. I am tired of not having a “normal life” and I don’t know when it is going to change. I wish I knew the answer of what to do differently or what other path to follow. I am tired of feeling like there is no stability in my life.
I wish I could say that having a degree or a master’s degree mattered, but I am not sure that it does. I wish I could say that all you have to do is work hard and you’ll be ok, but I am not sure that I believe that anymore. I don’t know what to do next or what else to try.
I wish I had better news to share or more inspirational words. I just want to have a career again. I don’t want to have to be strong anymore, I just want my life back.
Taking a break from the job search process has allowed me to re-energize a bit and refocus myself. When I left my job last year, I never dreamed that it would take this long to find another full-time career position. I have learned a lot along the way about the job search process, about my inner strength, and about life in general. Some of the lessons that I have learned are: Continue reading
Maybe its the fresh mountain air getting to my head, but I feel that a change in momentum is upon me. A break from my usual surroundings and a step back from the job search grind has allowed me to gain a fresh perspective. What is different now that allows me to foresee a change in momentum? Continue reading
I miss my passport (using it that is). I still have it with me but currently it only serves as a reminder of the wonderful travel experiences that I have had, and a tease of how I might fill the pages in the future. There are so many more places that I want to explore, foreign and strange foods that I want to eat, and smells of far away cities that I want to take in. Continue reading
I recently attended a local career transition group and I was amazed at the number of smart and talented professionals in the room. The group is run by wonderful retirees who are dedicated to helping people find jobs, and to support them through their career transition. They have come up with a sort of blueprint for job searching in this economy, and based on experience they know what works. Continue reading
If you are like me, you waiver between days of panic, and days of peacefulness sometimes without rhyme or reason. Some days are more difficult than others, and some weeks will challenge your positive outlook to the core. I had one of those weeks recently where it felt like nothing was going right, no progress was being made, and I had no idea what to do next. The fear and doubt was getting the best of me, and as another month passed by, the uncertainty felt overwhelming. It is no suprise that when you get stuck in these moments, not knowing what do do next, what will work, and what you are doing wrong, fear starts to rear its ugly head. Continue reading
Still haven’t found your dream job? There is no doubt that the competition for each position is fierce, but when is the last time that you reevaluated your job search strategy? If you aren’t getting the results that you want, it might be time for a different tactic. Continue reading
My first (solo) apartment was on the third floor of a creaky old house in a charming and progressive modest neighborhood. After flirting with engagement ring shopping with a long-term beau, I had made the decision that the relationship wasn’t the right one for the long-haul. At that point in my life I had never lived totally alone. I had always had roommates, and I wanted the experience of living on my own. Continue reading