Being unemployed is not for the faint of heart; even though I’ve gotten six declines, there are 46 out there that I haven’t heard from – at all. Not a peep. Those are the ones that really nag at you; they make you question your worth.
I really thought I would have a job by now – I thought it would be so much easier for me. I watched some of my former colleagues go through it and I wondered if they weren’t doing enough to find work. Every day I spend at least three hours online – most days eight hours, following up on leads, reaching out to potential contacts and researching new companies. Initially, I was looking within my city. Then I expanded to my state. Now I am looking at neighboring states, too.
Here’s the thing, though, throughout this process, I have realized that as much as I keep saying “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up” – I actually do! I am an operations leader. Operations Leader. The industry is less important; the opportunity to build structure inside an organization and develop individuals, that’s my gig. I am good at it and quite frankly, it gives me a charge! That’s what we want, right? To love what we do! Yes, exactly. I have always been so lucky that I every role I have landed in, I have been pretty happy (excluding my last one, ugh!); so I’m just going to keep on doing that.
So I will keep on applying for jobs that I think are a good fit for my brand. Whether its 52 more jobs to apply for or 152 more…I WILL find the right one for me. And, you know what? They will be pretty lucky to have me.