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New Position!!!!

6 Aug

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!!

On Losing Hope

20 Jul

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.

WDS and Why You May Need Rejection Therapy

10 Jul

Over the weekend, I followed some of the World Domination Summit (#WDS2013) twitter feed, kicking myself that I wasn’t in attendance to hear many of the inspirational presentations, and to meet so many dynamic people. People like: Continue reading

7 Powerful Lessons from Unemployment

2 Jul

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

On Fear and Blessings

4 Jun

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

Spring Flowers, Resilience, and New Beginnings

12 May

I don’t think I have ever appreciated spring flowers as much as I do this year. After an incredibly long winter, made seemingly longer by unemployment, seeing flowers come up this spring feels like a miracle. I have some perennial flowers planted near my back patio, and every year when the plants are still brown and battered from the brutal winter, I think that there is no way that I will have blooming flowers. But every year the flowers are back, a remarkable symbol of resilience and new beginnings. Continue reading

Mother Nature, Celebrating Small Successes, and Impermanence

6 May

We crossed into a new season (I think) although in Minnesota mother nature seems to be confused as we dash back and forth between winter, spring, and now summer. This dash between seasons has created some interesting parallels to the job search. With the recent snow we had last week, it felt as if winter, and the job search would never end. But then spring pops up for a bit, and is a reminder of new life and new beginnings, and a renewed sense of hope. As summer arrives on the scene, and long sun-drenched summer days, and dreamy summer-scented nights are just around the corner, we may again think that anything is possible. Continue reading

The Power of Social Media: It Really is A Small World

30 Apr

When I was a kid one of my favorite rides at Disney World was “It’s a Small World”. My grandparents lived in Florida at the time so we went to Disney World on more than one occasion. The “It’s a Small World” ride involved taking a small boat through a maze of colorfully clothed characters from around the world, all singing the “It’s a Small World” song. I am sure that as an adult the ride might be much less enchanting that it seemed as a child, but it remains a fond memory for me. Continue reading

Be Thankful, Minimize the “Pity-Party”

1 Apr

When I am in “pity-party” mode about the current state of my career, or other things in my life, I find that I am always looking at what is missing from my life, or what I am “supposed” to have in my life, instead of all of the blessings that I do have. When you are unemployed, it can start to feel like this is the permanent state of your life, rather than just some passing moment in your life. It is easier to see all of the wonderful things in your life when everything is humming along smoothly. But, although you may be experiencing a difficult time, all of the good things are still there, they just may be more difficult to recognize. Continue reading

How Unemployment “Failure” Can Lead to Success

28 Mar

Recently I was reading an article in the NY Times about how following your bliss may end in disaster. The article profiles two people who followed their creative passions to start their own business, which eventually led to financial ruin. It is a cautionary tale about how if you become too emotionally invested in your business, and aren’t able to accept failure, you won’t be able to make prudent business and financial decisons.

But, the title of the article is misleading because although the businesses did fail, and there was significant financial hardship to the business owners, the failure was really a path to success. As I was reading the article, I couldn’t help but think of all of the things they had learned in starting and running a business. The business owners both experienced incredibly difficult and painful times when their business failed, and they were financially devastated for a period of time. But, they both made it through those difficult times.  The business failures weren’t the end of their careers, and I am sure that experience of the business failures directly contributed to their current success. Following their bliss didn’t lead to failure, but rather failure was part of the journey to success.

What does this have to do with unemployment you may wonder? A lot really. Although unemployment is not failure, it sometimes feels that way. It sometimes feels like you have failed in your career and this is it. And, as with the business failures, there is likely financial stress that comes with being unemployed or underemployed. What you may not realize is that just as with a failed business, you are learning so much from being unemployed or underemployed, and this “failure” is part of your journey to success.

Really, you might ask? I am learning a lot even though there are days where I don’t feel like getting out of my pajamas, and I sometimes have to force myself to socialize with working people? Yes, you are learning so much more than you know. You are likely learning how to be more frugal, how to market yourself (a work in progress for me), and more importantly how strong you really are. If you’ve followed my previous posts, you might also be learning new technology, new hobbies, or other skills like blogging. But, really the most important thing you are learning is the intangibles that you get from “failure” that will help you be successful in the future if you are open to the lesson. Continue reading

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