Highly Educated and Unemployed Life Journey. 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.
When you have a desire to work but can’t find a job, unemployment can especially be hard.
But, it’s important to control your response to this challenging situation. Being unemployed, for an extended period, can result in bitterness or brokenness, if you’re not careful.
I recently read a blog post, published on LinkedIn, entitled, Why Being Unemployed Ruins You and How to Stop It. The writer references the results of a personality study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, which found: long bouts of unemployment can change personalities. These changes can, in turn, make the job hunt harder, according to many, so the piece includes a few tips for “the retaining of core traits” while transitioning.
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.”
Priscilla’s Disclaimer: This job search article contains primarily faith-based content and will prove most relevant to the Christian who is unemployed and looking for paying work.
While engaged in reflection today, I thought about my lengthy, traditional job search experiences. Upon reflecting, I noticed something I hadn’t when I started: I relied on my efforts for the achievement of my goal—finding and getting a job offer—too much, and without grace.
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. In no way did I want the guilt of not working hard enough.
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.