A blog about navigating the realities, struggles, and frustrations of life while unemployed—with a positive outlook. Opinion commentary pieces on unemployment and hiring plus informative articles & tips on life learning, career, well-being.
I gathered tidbits—from articles I’ve written—I thought would be helpful when looking back on 2017 and looking forward to the New Year. And, during the past week, I shared them on the now-defunct Serenity Amidst Frustration Facebook page.
We’re now in the second week of 2018, but I’m posting them here, in case you missed them. Following are the tips I shared.
Monday’s Tidbit and Explanation.
It’s easy to focus on your struggle to find a job—and forget what you’ve done in the past. But I encourage you to:
“Take time regularly and do the following: remind yourself about your accomplishments. Think about the compliments you received in previous roles and jobs. Think about the people you’ve helped along the way.”
While engaged in reflection today, I thought about my lengthy, traditional job search experiences. Upon reflection, I now notice something I didn’t when I started: I (unintentionally)relied on my efforts for the achievement of my goal – getting a job. Too much.
I wanted to re-enter the workforce quickly after my solo experience in elder care. In no way did I want my job search to fail. In no way did I want to experience the trap of long-term unemployment. And, I focused on learning and putting into action every job hunt tip and method I could with the hope of getting hired quickly.
I’ve been walking through the unemployment wilderness for some time now. As someone with the long-term unemployment experience, I’m familiar with an unexpected change in life. However, I’ve learned how to get through this—one of the hardest transitions of my life.
Glancing back, I’ve learned a few things. And below, I’ll provide 7 of them.
I hope they prove beneficial to you as you push through this time of difficulty.
You’ve seen this suggested on Serenity Amidst Frustration several times. You might’ve even wondered at some point, “How can she suggest this at such a time?”
And by this, I mean begrateful when things are difficult.
Have you found this suggestion odd?
Gratitude or Ingratitude
When experiencing a life transition, such as unemployment, you face many challenges every day. One of the biggest challenges comes in the form of financial strain. There’s always some kind of stress related to money.