The Horror of Unemployment
I have a rather unique story. I am a highly educated professional who got into trouble in 2005 at work. Because of politics, stupid decisions and general bad luck, I lost a great paying job and because it was a disciplinary matter, it would be quite some time before I got another job in that field. Needless to say, I have spent the better part of the last 3 years trying to find work suitable for my level of professional experience and age. It had been largely unsuccessful. My life became a vicious cycle of television, job searches and heart-renching disappointment. No lie, I must have submitted well over 500 resumes, answered 3000 online job posts and subscribed to every online career site I could find. Nothin'. I had been using the time off to be Mr. Mom, taking care of home while my wife worked two crappy jobs seven days a week. With less money coming in, we had to give up a lot of amenities that we were used to as well as a lot of necessities, not to mention having to borrow from friends and family just for the basics. I spent some time over the last few months going to the library and researching methods on getting hired and I must say, it has helped tremendously. I also read a lot of self-help books and articles and learned how to build my confidence as well as write a better resume. Just this week, I got a job, not in my chosen field but it is a job, and my three year ordeal has given me an appreciation for being employed that I would have never imagined. Ideally, this job will finance my preparation to re-enter my main profession. I am now more determined, more optimistic, and more goal oriented than ever before and that has made a huge difference on my outlook. I expect life to even out the circumstances and my faith in myself won't allow me to accept failure or self-pity like I did when all of this started. I saw a great quote which told the story perfectly and it said that sometimes it is when you lose everything, you find yourself. So, to all you lost unemployed souls out there, just stay optimistic, work hard to get yourself back out there and most of all, don't ever give up. You can do it.