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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.


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

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

10 Things I Am Thankful For

15 Apr

On a dreary April Monday, when winter hasn’t let go of its grip, and unemployment is still front and center, it easy to forget everything that we have to be thankful for. Although I haven’t found my next career position yet, and I am more than ready to be working, I am thankful for many things in  my life. Continue reading

7 Financial Lessons from Unemployment You Need to Know

7 Apr

One of the silver linings of being unemployed is that you do really learn a lot about yourself, how resilient and strong you are, and what it really takes to survive. As I have mentioned previously, I am a personal finance nerd, and I love reading about all things personal finance. I consider myself fairly savvy in this area, but what I didn’t know is that the best financial lessons come from being unemployed, and facing true financial pressures. Below are some of the best financial lessons that I have learned from this time of transition. Continue reading

On Hope

5 Apr

I was hopeful (in January). It was the start of a new year and I figured that hiring would pick up after the holidays. And, a new year always brings a sense of refreshment and hope. I would wake up early and excited, optimistic that I would find the type of challenging, rewarding, and interesting position that I was seeking. I was optimistic that I would soon be back at work, using my skills, keeping my mind engaged and energized.

January turned into February, which led to March, and then crossed into April. With each passing month, it is kind of a shock to the system. It is a strange contradiction in that the days and weeks seem to creep along, yet the months have passed like a blur. Continue reading

Do You Work for Passion or a Paycheck?

2 Apr

A comment on my recent post about How Unemployment “Failure” can Lead to Success, got me thinking more about whether it’s better to pursue a “safe” career path, or really follow your passion. When you are unemployed, any job with a decent paycheck starts to look appealing, and it seems self-indulgent to want something more than just a decent living in this economy. 

But, my favorite success stories about people surviving unemployment are the stories where people really follow their passion and end up on a totally different path. I realize that this isn’t for everyone, but if you are going to spend a significant amount of your time working, wouldn’t you like to enjoy your job, or even love your job? Continue reading

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