11 Jan The Search
Being unemployed sucks. When you lose your job you’re forced to spend all day looking for another one, which is stressful to say the least. You have all of this pressure on you because you have bills that you have to pay, but no way of paying them because you don’t have any money because you don’t have a job. And then to make matters worse, there are literally hundreds upon hundreds of people applying for just one position. I know this because I am in that position at the moment. As of today, I haven’t had a job for two weeks. I’ve probably applied to a hundred different jobs in that time, and yet here I am, jobless. I have been lucky enough to get a few interviews though. In one interview that I had last week, the woman I spoke with said that in the first 24 hours that the job was posted she received 300 applicants. The second day it was open she received 300 hundred more. After the third day, she had to take the ad down because she had received way too many responses to sift through. Given all of the applicants, I was lucky that I was even able to get an interview. I obviously didn’t end up getting the job, however, which is why I’m still searching for my next endeavor. Needless to say, I haven’t been in the best of moods lately.
I walk around all day feeling like a complete failure because I can’t seem to get a full-time permanent position. Even though I know that the rational part of my brain is there trying to tell me that this is not the case, the irrational part of my brain is just so loud that I can’t seem to hear the rational part. It’s hard to stay positive when you just keep on receiving rejection after rejection after rejection, but I know that I need to be able to do it somehow. I know that I am always telling you guys to be positive, but I also know that that’s really hard to do when you’re feeling down. But I’m going to try. I don’t want to be the type of person who just tells people that they should do something even though they don’t do that thing in their own life. I can’t stand it when people do that to me, so I shouldn’t do that to you.
I’m going to try my hardest to find the positive in this less than ideal situation. Yes, I didn’t get the job that I interviewed for last week, but at least I was able to get some practice interviewing. I’ll definitely be going on more interviews until I find a permanent job, so getting in some extra practice isn’t too bad. And I may be hearing a bunch of no’s from potential employers, but maybe that’s just the universe, or God, or whatever trying to steer me away from a job that I wouldn’t like having and that I would be miserable at. These moments may seem like a major setback or an annoyance in the moment that they’re happening, but there’s a reason that it didn’t go according to plan. I just have to be patient enough to find out what the reason is.
And as I continue to try and stay positive during this moment in my life, I encourage you to try and do the same thing whenever you hit a road block. I know first-hand that this can be difficult, so I understand that you’re probably not going to be a pro at it right away, but the more you practice, the better you’ll become. You can start off small if you want. At the end of each day, go through your day in your mind and try and find one thing that you can be happy about positive thinker. By doing this, you’ll be able to end your day on a positive note, and that good feeling is likely to carry over with you when you wake up the next day. And waking up with that positivity can be just what you need to help you stay positive throughout the rest of the next day. And what could be better than that!