The Dreaded Job Hunt

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Anyone else looking for a job? Well I am, and I’m having about as much luck as Wiley Coyote chasing the Road Runner. Seriously, how much rejection can one person take? I have a notebook filled with jobs I’ve applied for and they all have lines going through them indicating that those companies are going with someone whose qualifications better suit their needs.

I’m just sitting at home thinking, “Your loss Bro, I’m so awesome, you don’t even know what you’re missing.” Except that’s not really what I’m thinking, it’s more like, “I’m such a loser, nobody wants to hire me.” Anyways, I won’t complain about my situation, we all have situations, and I’m actually quite blessed to have such an awesome support system. I understand that’s not everyone’s reality, so I wanted to give a few words of encouragement to all my job seeking friends.

First of all, I understand this is a highly stressful time for most of us, I know it is for me, and I think we should start by recognizing we are stressed out. This may seem obvious with all the hair loss, sleeplessness, frequent illnesses, and so forth. But here’s the thing. If we can keep the stress from overpowering us, I think we can use it as a motivator.  Listen to what health psychologist, Kelly McGonigal says on Ted Talk about making stress your friend. It’s really good and worth the time.Click here to listen.

Here’s something else I would encourage you to do. Do something you don’t normally have time to do. And do it guilt free. I have been spending a good amount of time writing. It feels kind of selfish and indulgent, sitting in my room making up stories, wasting all this time… But what else am I supposed to do? I’m looking for the jobs, working miscellaneous jobs here and there, and in the meantime, I’m doing something I love and wish I could make a living out of. Go fishing, introspect a little, draw a picture, and ask questions.

Pursue your passions.

This time will be up before you know it (fingers crossed) and it will be back to the 9-5 grind, or whatever grind you end up working. All I’m saying is, instead of being negative and viewing this as a completely wasted time, look at it as a blessing and opportunity.

The last thing I want to say is this: You are an asset. You have potential and worth and you have something to offer. Remember that as you sit there feeling sorry for yourself and believing you’re a loser. Remember that when you’re applying for a job. Be confident and sure of your worth. That goes a long way in convincing the potential employer they want you.

Happy Monday everybody! And may the odds be ever in your favor. (Sorry, I had to say it.)

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