The Emotional Pain of Job Searching
I remember when I was an undergrad and watching an episode of The Suze Orman Show. I happen to like Suze as I feel her money advice is simple and sound, but I digress. She had this one girl on her show that was in her late 20s, saddled with debt, barely making any money, and living with her parents. Needless to say, this girl was terribly unhappy. In fact, she was an emotional wreck anytime someone brought up careers or finances. The girl featured on the show had her Master’s degree but was working part-time at Starbucks and felt like she wasn’t living up to her full potential. She knew she had to make changes, she wanted to make changes, and she wanted to become more financially viable. However, she didn’t want to go through the process of job searching again. The reason? It was so frustrating and emotionally painful when she tried years back that she essentially gave up on working in her field and settled for what was familiar – Starbucks.
Like most when they finish school, the girl scoured the Internet applying for an endless array of jobs only to hear almost nothing back. She found the process so frustrating and so painful that she just gave up on it. Back in the job search again, I can truly relate. When I was watching this girl tell her story on national TV, I thought the girl’s problems with job searching were a little far fetched – I mean the process wasn’t that bad, was it? Well, it really is. To accomplish yourself academically only to find out that no employers are interested in what you have to offer is very damaging. To spend hours each day applying for jobs only to hear nothing back is very frustrating. There have been times when I thought of doing exactly what this girl was doing – blocking herself from ever having to go through the painful job searching process again. If I was just a little weaker of a person that could have very well be me or anybody else for that matter.