Don’t lose your mind when you lose a job.

20180514_115638Picture of the board game Cranium.

Click at the bottom of this post and watch another woman’s success at winning the game of a real life job search.

Listen people I’ve been at this for ten years now. In those ten years I’ve been hired 4 times permanently. I’ve also worked at over 25 temping jobs in for profit and non-profit companies. Yeah, that’s right ten years. I celebrated on February 6, 2018 my last long-term job that lasted you guessed it 10 years. I am in a 10 for 10 mode. 10 years of job stability followed by 10 years of “what’s next?” in the job market. And I mean it NEXT!

I’ve networked, attended seminars, job fairs, workshops, attended classes online and off, taken personality tests, LinkedIn myself out,  and read dozens of books. I even took 4 months off to attend a women’s work training program. In all this time I am here stronger than ever. 20 years experience does that to you.

Call me a veteran if you like because the working world is a war zone.

This upcoming Tuesday, May 16, 2018 I have an interview and guess what? I am just going to be myself. With all that I’ve done what more is there for me to prepare for? You either want me or you don’t.

Right now I am feeling mighty powerful.

What’s my secret?

Again, click at the bottom of this post and watch one woman’s success at winning at the job search just as I want you to do.

The Bible.

No religious speech.

The Bible you see is a book filled with people who lived, faced adversities of being human, and died. It’s as simple at that.

In all those setbacks you find in those biblical stories, most and not all mastered just two things.  Here they are:  their relation to God who they can’t see and  life on Earth which they can see.

Now back to where I left off in this game called the job search. I am still a work in progress. You win some, you lose some. Life puts you through some tests and no one comes out with a 4.0 average. For all the nerds out there, you can stop reading because in life you will fail alot of tests.

There are certain jobs that people have like lawyer, accountant, doctor, surgeon, judge, police officer etc. that have clear paths. And even then,  in some paths you have to specialize in one area as with a doctor you would specialize in a body part such as the foot, heart, delivering babies etc.

What about the rest of us who have been factory workers, technicians, secretaries, clerks, computer engineers, etc. where artificial intelligence has pretty much not created the need for as many workers as before?

You’ve got to specialize and show your value. You really have to focus on one thing and do it so well that people will stop and watch you and say wow!

I don’t care if you can sing, bake, ride a bike, sew some clothes. You got to do something that makes people stand up and take notice. Don’t limit yourself to one thing, just one thing at a time.  Mastering anything takes time and focused attention. Don’t think you need to go to school or put out any money when money is an issue. Why do you think there are libraries, internships, and temporary employment agencies? You gotta work to find work. If sitting behind a computer all day isn’t helping you find a job, you have get up and go out and find people to talk to that will help you find that job.

It’s called fighting back. Taking a stand for your life. And not being defined by a job. One thing is for sure, work will come. We humans are on this earth for a purpose. Stand up from where you are and get up and live out that purpose. But before you get up – think about what and where you really want to be and go out and search until you will find it.

And if you end up in a place with less money, realize the money was never important in the first place. Life is not valued by what you have but what you are becoming.

Don’t give up or give in , just be content that you have something to give.

Click on and see how Elizabeth White did it. Watch all 4 YouTube presentations.

Remember,  you are not alone.

Watch “55, unemployed and faking normal: One woman’s story of barely scraping by” on YouTube
https://youtu.be/as6bS-7ZlgQ

Watch “Are you hanging off a financial cliff? Here’s how to cope” on YouTube
https://youtu.be/rzi0Eedks7U

Watch “How coming clean about financial struggle — and counseling others — became a calling” on YouTube
https://youtu.be/bWsLvCqAyDA

Watch “Fifty-five, Unemployed, Faking Normal | Elizabeth White | TEDxVCU” on YouTube
https://youtu.be/hFpQ5N_ttNQ

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