Thursday, January 31, 2013

Job Hunting is Manic Depression

Sorry, for the delay in posting in which I didn't get to last week. It has been a busy week and the events therein lead to the title of this post. I thought I had a good lead lined up and ready to go but alas it seemed to fall apart but that is a post for another day.

If job hunting was a psychological disorder it would be manic depression. The whole process is bipolar for the majority of us. I believe that there are those get the job they want with little effort but I haven't met one yet. For most of us the job hunt swings to periods of excitement and activity when we think something is going good. We scored an interview or we got a positive response to our application. The possibilities seem wide open at that time. Energy is high as you prepare yourself to put your best foot forward.

 Then the rejection letter comes or you simply never hear back from a company that has responded positively. It seems that you just wasted your time filling out that application, tailoring your resume and cover letter, and rearranging your schedule for that interview. At that point the frustration and sadness sets in and you wonder if it was worth it. Here, you don't really want to put up with the daily grind of searching, tweaking, and hoping.

Job hunting is a vicious cycle and there really isn't a good way to improve it. At least not one I can think of. A lot of us that were laid off at the beginning of the recession are now graduating with new skills and finding out that the huge investment we made in ourselves doesn't seem to be paying off. We have experience but not in our new careers. If you have any ideas on how to make the job search better, feel free to comment.


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