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Losing your job and losing self-confidence
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Posted 9/12/12
A few thoughts that I have:

- While you're looking for your permanent job, it doesn't hurt to find a part-time job that you're overqualified for. It's nice to have at least some income coming in every month even if it's not incredibly lucrative. It keeps you busy and your confidence up, as well as shows future employers that you've been hard-working and spending your downtime well. Some example of jobs that see a lot of employee turnover (especially now that high schools and colleges are back in session) would be mall retail, fast food, coffee shops, etc.

- Contacts and networking can make a huge difference in finding employment. Don't be afraid to ask for advice/connections from friends, family, or even through career fairs. The more people you know and have a professional relationship with, the better. Not only in terms of experience, but also a source of personal recommendations, etc. It expands your window of opportunity, and these people are the ones who might be able to put in a good word for you, and help you stand out to a particular employer.

- You seem to be really smart, courteous and professional on your interviews, but at times it does pay off to be a bit unorthodox and risky. A bit more bold to help you stick out from your competitors. I see that you do your research on the company that you are applying for. That's great. However, you can take that to the next step. Tell them exactly what you've concluded based on analyzing their work. What you can specifically bring to them, that no one else can. What you would do, if you were hired, to streamline their operations and make them stand out.
Posted 9/14/12
I barely had a nice job to work...Ugh.
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Posted 9/14/12
I've spent almost a year unemployed and it completely sucked. A situation like this will naturally make you question your self-worth. But, you really have to remind yourself that you are more than just your job. That being unemployed doesn't make you less valuable. That being rejected by companies doesn't mean you are worthless. It's really hard, but you have to fight that urge otherwise you'll just end up depressed and that will affect how you act in interviews.

The best things you can do for yourself is to find ways to improve your skills. See if there are any online workgroups that you can participate in. Research new skills that might complement what you know. Also, look for jobs other than the "perfect" one. There may be growth opportunities in trying something different.

While you do that, find things that can get your mind off the job search. You need some downtime and opportunities to enjoy yourself. When it comes down to it, you should work to live not live to work.

And when all that's said and done, just remind yourself that you will find a job. It may take a while, but that's ok.
Posted 9/14/12
I would recommend, like others previously mentioned, keep your chin up and you get there where you're truly happy and get what your heart desires. I am in the same position, so don't think that you're alone.
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Posted 9/14/12
Thanks ppl *^^*
I won't give up, some days are harsher than others but ill keep looking.
Thanks for the kind words < 3
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