Joys of the Jobless

Search. Click. Apply. Repeat. 

I have worked for free, been unemployed, worked full-time, worked part-time, and have worked freelance. In 2012, I submitted my two-week notice to my then employer and entered the race to find a replacement job. It was a struggle of the following: I was either underqualified or overqualified, lived out of the area, the position didn't pay enough, or the company culture wasn't the right fit. Within two months into my search, I accepted a full-time position at a popular clothing store. To my disappointment on various differences, I left the retailer and became unemployed.

Throughout this second job search, I worked the heck out of my résumé and networked every contact I had - only to experience rejection. At that point, I had never felt so frustrated, defeated, and unaccomplished. So I did something (Christian) crazy, I gave it over to God. Really. I stopped all the complaints, wishes, and overworked efforts and prayed. Within the week, I had two job offers and accepted one of them. Before my first day, an old employer asked me to relocate for a month and my new employer approved. When I returned to have my official first day, I received two more job offers! 

I know my months on those job searches may or may not have the same outcome as yours. I also know my methods and faith may not be the same as yours. However, I share this because I know the toll unemployed or underemployed life can have on your attitude. So please allow me to introduce you to the joys I held onto...

JOY of a less demanding _____ and _____

JOY of not feeling obligated to answer every email or phone call

JOY of a non-messy cubicle or desk

JOY of more time for family and friends

JOY of the opportunity to get some real rest

JOY of more time to volunteer or get involved with the community

JOY of learning something new or advancing skills

JOY of time to focus on yourself

JOY of possibilities and new opportunities

JOY of learning patience and understanding

JOY of resting in whose you are

There is so much more ahead of you, friend. Allow your search for a job to be more than just a search. Allow this time to provide you with joy, humility, patience, and drive. 

Isaiah 41:10 

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." 

1 Peter 5:6-7 

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 

P.S. If your résumé is all kinds of 'blah', I can help. Let's talk about a Résumé Refresh! After all, you have worth. Market it.