Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
I am still looking for a job after being laid off for the third time in a year at the end of April. Since then I have had my ups and downs. This week was for sure a roller coaster. At the beginning of the week I was so discouraged as the direction of jobs I am applying for wants 2 to 3 years experience. How do you get out of the cycle when you have the knowledge but not the experience, and how to get the the experience when the only jobs out there want the experience?
I then decided to confer with an advisor of a job group I belong to. I was looking for positive encouragement and a point in the right direction. To sum it up the advice and criticisms she gave me was just not what I had approached her for. My advisor was not wrong in what she was saying it just was not the direction i thought i needed and she told me all the things that I was doing wrong. I am sure from her point of view it was how she thought she could help me but I wasn't in the frame of mind to come away with the same thought. I just came home discouraged and put the job search on hold for the rest of the day.
I woke up on Wed with a new attitude and did some of the changes she suggested. I tried a new avenue for jobs. I found one that I would be perfect for and called the recruiter... just not applying online but cold calling, it surprised even me. The call got me into see him. He loved my resume.. We had a good repartee. Even though the job had closed and he does not specifically fill the jobs I am focusing on, he gave me some positive advice and gave me a referral. By Friday he had called me on 3 jobs and I applied for one that is somewhat what I am looking for and could give me experience and I have a two week temp job starting next week that has nothing to do with the direction I want to go in but it's more money then unemployment and I am not locked in for a long time.
One good thing i have learned in the past week, is that there are still a lot of people looking for work but instead of 500 people applying for the job like last summer, it's down to about 100 people. So that job is out there. Just need to keep looking.
So what does my quote have to do with my week? Well after sitting back and taking emotion out of the situation I learned wisdom this week and that wisdom will stay with me as I continue to look for that job.
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