Agony and Elation: Searching for Work in a Turbulent Job Market

Anthony Haynes writes: The Coffee Shop HR blog follows an attractive ‘world cafe’ format in which a number of writers tackle aspects of a problem. In this post (reblogged from Coffee Shop HR, 22 April), Nicole Davidson tackles the problem of sustaining the search for work over a lengthy period.

I think Nicole offers some good advice — nowhere more than when she writes “When I say that my advice is to prepare yourself, I don’t mean in the sense of resume-editing or networking (though those are important in their own right). I mean mentally”.

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When Geraldine announced this topic to the writers a few weeks ago, I was concerned. I had been in the job market since late October and it wasn’t going well. Specifically I was concerned that I would unable to keep a fault-line of bitterness and anxiety from permeating my entire piece; particularly difficult, given the way those feelings were permeating my entire life. Who was I, this unsuccessful job-seeker, to put together pieces of advice for this next crop of competition in the market? I struggled to come up with an article title that wasn’t “Abandon hope all ye who enter here”.

Yet, as I am writing this, I have (finally, incredibly) received a job offer. I have suddenly become worried about forgetting how difficult it was to get here, and how much I went through, since receiving what now feels like a long-awaited gift. I do not want to…

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