Have You Lost Hope #JobSearch

Hope in the job searchYears ago, in 2006, I was in my own job search. It was horrible and pathetic at the same time.

I lost hope. I didn’t understand it at the time, but I was hopeless that I’d find the right job… a job I’d enjoy, that would pay what I needed, and that could last.

A year or so ago I wrote facebook post that said:

I didn’t understand hope until I lost all hope.

I didn’t understand the power of hope, and the debilitating nature of losing hope. A pivotal moment in my understanding of hope was in 2010, in Danville, California, when Dick Bolles, after watching one of my keynotes, said that his and my messages were they same: they were a message of hope. Dick said something like “We show people they have options. And options provides hope.”

I have thought about that since he said it.

Today I’m wondering what options we need.

We have options of how to make money. Imagine you are coming out of a company/job that you hated. Do you really want to work hard to find another job that is just as bad? I know people who have a major career change. Sometimes they make more money and are in a more fulfilling job. Other times they make less money but are much happier. You definitely have options one how you’ll make money. If you are looking for options on ways to make money, you can check out my book 51 Alternatives to a Real Job.

We have options on what we do in the job search. I was hopeless in part because my tactics weren’t producing any results. This was the bulk of my presentation: ideas and tactics that were different than what you were already doing.  I have spoken for hours on this. You can find options on my blog, and in my Pluralsight courses.

If you feel hopeless, let me suggest you start to list your options. If you feel like you have limited options, or your options are not effective or realistic, then talk to someone… perhaps someone at a job club or job ministry, a friend, another job seeker… if you need to, reach out to me. I’d love to look at your options.


2 thoughts on “Have You Lost Hope #JobSearch”

  1. What a journey it has been, I remember when we met in those early years. You made such an impression on me. I found your words so compelling no matter where they were written, on career elists, on your blog, and even in our emails.

    I think, in a way, your introspective writing and your sharing made me even more determined that I needed to change my own path.

    I remember our many Skype chats about everything under the sun. I think it was through that that I gained the courage to drop all the sideline business of nonprofit contracts and do what God intended of me. It has been a long journey. Thank you!

  2. Thank you for sharing that Julie. I don’t remember knowing that I played a part in your current journey and direction. I do know that you have helped many people, and families, in a time of great need. I know you’ve been a bright light, an have inspired hope, for many!

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