So today marked more “high moments” for me as I found a job! After approximately 45 full-time job applications (a low estimate), six interviews, and 60 contract applications, I began working full-time TODAY! I forgot to mention the one long-term temporary assignment, several short assignments and other contract work I filled my time with. I could list other projects as well, but this post celebrates my “high moments” – landing the job. I banked on my positive mental attitude, some solid professional accomplishments and a history of delivering what I set my mind to. I did believe that by following my inner voice and acting with perseverance I would be able to get a job. This journey began when I realized I needed something healing and transformative after several traumatic incidents. So while I worked here and there I also devoted much of my time to creative projects as well. I learned however that I am lucky to get hired in this market and I feel compassion towards those people still looking.
People who struggled before me dealt with similar issues which fell on deaf ears. Why is it as human beings we can become so complacent on issues unless they directly affect us? I became personally educated about the issues facing the unemployed as a result of my journey. My hope is that I will never forget them. I will recap my journey soon.
I enjoyed other smaller opportunities (contract jobs) and other “high moments” along the way which is another story. Each experience helped clarify in my mind what I wanted to devote my energy to for my remaining years.
For those who are still struggling, may you find solace in the fact that the journey is well worth the effort. May you too find your “high moments” soon in finding a job. Pay attention to your inner voice and stay away from discouraging people. Reexamine, reevaluate and Recharge!
Posted on September 17, 2012