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Staying sane during your job search

Job searching

Finding a job is easy, right?

With all the resources and job sites out there it should be a piece of cake, no?

These days, it seems like everyone is looking for a job. Even the smartest people with an overwhelming amount of talent and a master’s degree have found themselves in the muddy puddles of job searching. Unfortunately, in today’s society a lot of our worth is associated with what we do for a living. When our self worth is associated with our job title, emotions tend to get involved. Searching for a job is an emotionally draining process no matter which way you look at it.

First, we all start out determined and willing to do what it takes to find the job. However, it is important to remember that there is no job fairy out there. She will not appear through your computer and hand over a contract, which entitles you to a six-figure salary, full benefits, and the company Range Rover. These things take time, it is a process that cannot be rushed if you intend on finding the right job.

This is where the emotional highs and lows come in to play. Gone are the days of lounging around, now all of your free time will be spent scanning the internet for the latest and greatest job postings. The thing you must always keep in mind is that worrying does nothing to help the situation. Not having a job is temporary; your current situation will not last forever. In fact, the countless hours you spend concerned about how to pay your next bill will only add to your stress and hinder your chances of finding that great job.

With any job search, you are bound to go on interviews. Some will go really well and some will go really badly. The best thing you can do is take a lesson from the bad ones and move on. Any rejection can be thought of as no big deal but in reality you need to pick yourself up and get on with it. After all, this was most certainly not the first time you were rejected and it darn sure will not be the last. There is a lot of learning going on during this process that will benefit you and make you stronger even if you do not realize it.

If you keep your head in the game and your soul happy, eventually your time will come. All of that hard work and long hours of revising and editing your resume will pay off. At the end of the day, keep your head up and count your blessings because it’s not every day that we are gifted with the opportunity to provide for ourselves and for our families.

About the Author

Amanda Johnson

Amanda is currently a Contributing Writer at GenTwenty. She works as an Executive Assistant. She enjoys cars, reading cheesy romance novels, and tackling DIY projects she thinks she can handle. She hopes to one day own her own online magazine and creative design company.


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