[Career Story] Out of Work I

There is no class, while getting your career degree, for handling unemployment, underemployment, or looking for work. That’s not important to them. It is almost guaranteed that throughout a contemporary career, you will be out of work at least once. That isn’t a failure on your part. You are not a bad person. Your skills still have value. You have value. Just be persistent, positive, proactive, preoccupied, and keep believing in yourself, now and always!

Persistently Practice Progress
Let’s say you’ve sent out your resume and keep getting no results. Keep on trying! Stop by the unemployment office daily until they’ve memorized your resume. Maybe they have volunteer options to keep your skills sharp? Try doing related hobbies within your skill set to plug into your resume somewhere. Take a business class; they’re ubiquitous, relate to any job in any profession, and are great for meeting new people. You should try to step closer every day toward your next gig.

Positively Positive Poise
Let’s say you’ve got the interview after months of despondent job hunting. Don’t be negative! These folks are juggling interviews with their actual work duties. They’re most likely hiring because they’re overloaded with work and need help. When I once was a technical interviewer, we were interviewing for three simultaneous vacancies, which was a heavy strain on that team and a light strain on my team. I wouldn’t have hired someone that was rude or negative, no matter how much they knew.

Proactive Professionals Progress
One of those candidates had been out of work for two years. The hiring manager was unsure; even with three glowing letters of references. I liked his skill set, he was eager, and he ended up staying there for a few years. I partially got that gig because I brought in some generic deliverables of what I did at a previous company. What can you bring in to an interview to help you stand out? Don’t expect to get it for free.

Preoccupy Possible Plunges
Let’s say you didn’t get the gig. Don’t dwell on that. Distract yourself immediately after finding out the news so you don’t plunge into situational depression. Keep on going! Or if you’re on the marathon drive of job hunting without any results, find something to take your mind off the inevitable weight that feels like failure for not getting a certain gig. If it’s been a while, try something different. It’s always alright to ask for guidance help from friends and family.

Believe In Yourself
The gig won’t cure low self-esteem. You won’t suddenly become a self-confident person once you get a few paychecks. It’ll only wash away the biggest chunks of grime that came from unemployment. If you’re working or if you’re not, you should always remember that you are a person of value. Take care of yourself physically, mentally, don’t push yourself too hard, and remember: there are hardships when you’re working, just like when you’re not. Sure, gigs pay money, but at what cost?

Sources: Personal experience

Quotes: None

Inspirations: Sam’s Club closing

Related: Consider unemployment as a likely probability in your five year plan and any possible hardships.

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