Job hunting sucks. It is a soul draining process that begins with wide-eyed optimism at the possibility of landing your dream job. Months later it is a scary place filled with self doubt and despair. If you’ve been out of work recently then you probably relate to my statements above.
My job hunt began earlier this year when my wife was promoted and relocated by her employer to San Francisco. We had always wanted to live in California and we agreed that this opportunity was too amazing to pass up. I decided to leave my position at United Way and take a chance.
I am now entering my fifth month of job hunting. Each day brings new challenges and I find it is important to keep a positive outlook to prevent the doubt from lingering too long.
I searched around this morning for a few inspirational quotes to put the job search in perspective and wanted to share them here. Hopefully they will help you in your own search for employment, whether it’s a dream job or a paycheck you are after.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain
Cast a Wide Net
“There are very few jobs that actually require a penis or vagina. All other jobs should be open to everybody.” – Florynce Kennedy
Network, Network, Network
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
Put in the Hours
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.” – Thomas Jefferson
Stay Focused on Your Goals
“Never confuse motions with action.” – Ernest Hemingway
Don’t Give Up
“The fight is won or lost far away from the witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” – Muhammad Ali