One month down.
This post comes on the final day of the first month of 2012. An odd month to be sure, in regard to weather. It’s snowed. It’s been near 50. It’s rained. It’s stormed.
This month is almost parallel to the last year of my life. Ups and downs. Good days and bad. I’ve become more focused this month. More ready for that next step.
The reality is December was tough. I applied for the jobs I could find. But it seems in my field, and I’ve seen this before, December is a tough month. I dragged. I was having a hard time. But I persevered.
Still, it doesn’t help that I’m coming upon the one-year mark of being on the unemployment line. On Monday, I attended a workshop for the unemployment scene. I learned a few new things.
This month has been strong in the job search. I’ve applied to some things I really feel good about.
I re-worked my resume. I took a new approach with cover letters. My confidence is coming back. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know where that light is coming from yet, but I see the light. I just have to take the right turn.
I do this post mainly because I have a bunch of friends and family who have asked me how things are going. How my mental aspect is. They wonder about leads, how I’m doing and all that. I appreciate it. I really do. But I can also see how uncomfortable it is for people to ask. It’s not the normal water cooler talk, ya know?
I’ve noticed the questions, texts and such are coming a little more often now. Maybe people realize I am coming upon the one-year mark and are checking in on me. And it’s tough saying the same thing over and over.
So, I’m fine.
I appreciate all the thoughts and comments. And know that having friends and family who care makes this a fight I know I’ll win. Hopefully sooner rather than later. I have that will. I’m not failing in this aspect. I have education and experience and eventually, the perfect match will come along. An employer will see what I can do for them and I’ll find that employer that cares about the person they are hiring.
I have other friends and colleagues in the same boat. I feel strongly that they’ll come out of this better people, too. Stronger. Happier.
I’m staying focused, especially on that small bit of light shining.
I’ve been hearing this song a little lately and looking at the lyrics really hit with me. I’m not a huge rap fan, but I really like this song and beat.
(Quick note: there’s one F-bomb in the song, so it might not be safe to play in certain spots. I couldn’t find the edited version of the song. This also shows the lyrics, so you’ll also be able to see said “F-bomb.” I wanted to warn everyone ahead of time).
I’m ready for the rest of 2012.
Bring it on.
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