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Monday, October 25, 2010

Exploring Unemployment - 5 Questions of the Unemployed

As many readers of this blog know, I was laid off from my job in June of this year. When I was first laid off people were surprised at my upbeat attitude. They asked me "Aren't you worried about finding a job?" or "Don't you feel bad not working?" The truth is, I wasn't worried. And I didn't feel bad because I have been working since I was 11 years old.

I recently completed my 20th job interview since June. In this unemployment journey I have found myself doubting that I am qualified, doubting that I have what it takes to succeed and wondering if I should ponder opportunities outside the public relations industry.

Honestly, I feel like I DO have what it takes to be successful in PR, the trick is finding someone to take a chance on me. This time of unemployment has been good for me. It has made me look introspectively and ask myself some tough questions. Here are a few that run through my head on a daily basis:
  1. What separates me from the competition?
  2. What are my strengths and weaknesses?
  3. Why me?
  4. Who do I want to work for and why?
  5. Where do I want to be in five years?
There are many more questions I have about what it means to be unemployed, but this is a start. I plan to address one of these questions every Monday for the next five weeks as I attempt to make sense of it. I hope that you will join me as I explore this journey of unemployment and that you will feel free to comment.