Monday, May 21, 2012
Surprises of the Job Search
There have been at least three surprises in my job search that I would like to share with you.
One is how much free help there is out there. We have a workforce development office in the area where there are computers to use, workshops to attend, counselors to meet with, and networking groups to participate in. All at no cost. Wherever you are at in the country, look for available, trained help in your area. There are people out there who are looking to help you and want to make your career transition an easier one. This has been a pleasant surprise and it reminds me how giving people can be.
Secondly, I have been surprised at how near strangers offer their help. Folks who I have just been introduced to or have known for a short time will offer help, advice, and information. They seem to emotionally invest in me very quickly and are seeing my success as their success. This has been a surprise that has lightened my heart. I love how new doors are flung open by new people in my life. I am very thankful for this especially since I will not have the chance to repay them all.
Thirdly, I have been surprised at how unhelpful some people are in this job search. In this case, it is people I thought I knew well. They are either a relative or someone I have known for years. I have been humble, let them know what my situation is, and asked for help. Yet they close the door. My emails go unanswered. My initiation is brushed aside. I never hear anything from them. The irony is that they have the most to gain from me being in a good situation where I am happily working, making a difference, and bringing in a good paycheck. It is sad really. The people I would have thought would put out the most effort are the ones who seem to indicate that we can only be friends in the good times, not in the times of need.
What have you found surprising when searching for that new opportunity?