Job Hunting Tips #6 Assessing Your Personal Value
A week out of work is a vacation. You can sleep late in the
morning, revel in your newly found free time, shop when the
stores are empty, and get around to those chores you have been
putting off for too long.
Three weeks out of work and you are still relaxed. There is a
new and better position waiting out there and you just need to
get around to finding it.
Six weeks out of work and you are getting anxious. Fifty resumes
have vanished into a black hole and the telephone refuses to
Twelve weeks out of work and panic starts to set in. You review
your recent efforts to find work and seem to be doing all the
right things. You start to doubt yourself: Am I too old? Are my
skills outdated? Are the industries I know all dying? Are there
any decent jobs out there? Is there something wrong with me?
Does nobody need me?
Take a deep breath and remind yourself that no matter what
optimistic spin the government trumpets, it is tough to find a
good job when new job seekers exceed the number of jobs created.
A 5 to 6 percent unemployment rate means that every job which
arises has potentially eight million applicants! Then sit down
and look at yourself from a new perspective.
1. You have the personal qualities employers are seeking, such
as persistence, loyalty, energy, independence, enthusiasm,
responsibility, punctuality, maturity, empathy, flexibility,
sincerity, and tolerance.
2. You have general job skills which work in any industry:
negotiating, inventiveness, sensitivity, understanding,
creativity, the ability to write clearly, assemble things, or
operate machinery and experience in computing, classifying,
investigating, evaluating, or synthesizing data.
3. You have specific job skills which have been acquired in all
of your previous work experience.
4. You have multiple layers of value as a significant other, a
parent, a brother or sister, a child, a friend, a community
List out each area as a reminder that not finding a job does not
mean that you are worthless. Reread the list several times a
week, keep adding to it as you remember skills, read it before
every interview or employer contact.
The world may not seem to need you right now but it is important
that you know your own worth and stop buying into that sense of
incompetency and despair that prolonged unemployment (caused by
economic and political forces, not by you personally) can