Enjoy the Moment, Find Your Wonder

16 May

Because of the seemingly constant stress of being in an extended job search, it can be difficult to enjoy the small things in life. Although you may feel at times beaten down, defeated, and hopeless, don’t let this be your normal state of being. Allow yourself to enjoy this time, and take notice of the positive things that have shown up in your life during this challenging time. Sometimes you have to be still to recognize the small blessings. 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

The Job Search Rollercoaster

8 May

If you have been on an extended job search, you may feel like you have been on a rollercoaster ride that you haven’t been able to get off of. There will be high and lows, twists and turns, and plenty of excitement. Below are some of the twists and turns that you may experience in your job search. 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 Difference Between Letting Go and Giving Up

5 May

One of the most difficult things about a job search is how many things are out of your control. You can’t control whether or not you’ll get an interview, or a second interview, how long the hiring process may take, or when your networking contacts are available to get together. And ultimately you can’t control when someone is going to hire you, and what salary you will be offered. All of this requires a lot of patience,a willingness to surrender to the process, and an understanding that rejection is not personal. 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

Am I Knocking on the Right Door?

28 Apr

Sometimes I wonder, is “the universe” trying to tell me something? Am I supposed to be living somewhere else? Am I supposed to be doing something else? When you keep knocking on the same door without an answer, do you keep knocking on the same door or find a different door to open?

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9 Things I Wish I Had Known at the Beginning of My Job Search

26 Apr

After months of job searching, below are some very valuable lessons that I wish I had known from the beginning of my search: Continue reading

Start from Where You Are and Believe

18 Apr

I have spent countless hours questioning my decisions that led me to this point in my life. Should I have done a different graduate program or not gone to graduate school at all? Should I have stayed in Minnesota and not moved across the country, only to come back a year later? Should I have moved to Seattle rather than coming back to Minnesota? Should I have taken a completely different direction in my career? Should I have studied computer programming or some other STEM field so that I would be heavily recruited? Continue reading

Learn Something Today, Take a Free MOOC

16 Apr

As I have mentioned in previous posts, one of the silver linings of unemployment is that you have been given a tremendous opportunity to take the time to learn new skills. You may decide to enroll in a continuing education certificate program, or maybe you’ll take courses at a technical college, or you maybe you’ll enroll in a graduate program. But, more than likely you are on a limited budget, and getting additional education sometimes comes with hefty price tag. If you are considering an expensive program, do your research and make sure it is worth the cost. Some programs may be worth the investment, but there are also many ways you can increase your skills for free. Continue reading

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