I have been working since I was 19 years old. My first job was as a work-study student while I was in college. I personally loved the job, but the management needed to be better. My second job was interesting, to say the least. I worked in customer service at a local museum. It was due to poor management and poor communication. I had to leave the job due to being in a car accident and being unable to stand for a 5-hour shift. I ended up working at a job called QKids. That was a fun job, and I loved it. Unfortunately, due to my poor mental health and being in physical pain from a car accident, I had to quit the job. It was hard to have no job for a little bit of time. I was still in college at the time, and it was nice getting to just focus on school work and recovering from the car accident, and taking better care of my mental health. Within a month of graduating from college, I had gotten a job as a contract copywriter. Honestly, I was enjoying the job; it was fun and it was in the field that I studied in college. I felt like I was using my degree. I stopped hearing from the job after a few months and wondered what had happened. I quickly found myself without a job. This brought on a lot of distress. I had expected to have the job for at least a year and then start looking for something else. I wondered why the job had suddenly just ghosted me. For the last few months, I have found myself thankful for the generosity of family and friends helping me out. I tried to apply for unemployment, but due to me only working for a few months, I was not eligible.
Some of the things I have done to get a job:
Re-edited my Resume
Contacted my college’s career center to help me look for jobs
Contacted professors for job recommendations
Apply to graduate school (did not get in)
Applied for a few jobs through a job recruiter
The effects of looking for a job are hard to bear.
Let me tell you, I have had times of hope that I am going to get a job and times of hardship. There are times when I feel like, “Will I ever get a job?” I have found looking for jobs can affect your mental health. This year, I found myself having a lot of anxiety and depression due to being jobless. This has affected my blog, as I had to take a few weeks off from blogging. Sometimes my blog posting has not been consistent. I am so thankful for the continued support and love from the blogging community, my followers, and all the people who view, comment, and share my blog. Thank you so much. Your support this year has meant so much. A huge thank you to my family and friends for supporting and being there for me. I know this time will pass. But it is hard when you are going through it.
Have you ever struggled to look for a job? What advice would you give someone looking for a job?
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Looking for (and securing) a job is lot harder than many realize; it can be a very slow, frustrating and demoralizing process so I sympathize with you 100%! I also feel like the whole application process and interview set-up (if you get that far) has becoming increasingly and needlessly drawn out/complicated (this could just be me thinking this though). I hope you find something you will enjoy soon — sending you energy vibes!
Thanks for being so transparent. I can only imagine the different levels of stress that comes with being jobless. I hope you find a job soon. Dont give up. Use the time you have to channel your energy into working on your blog.