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Job Search – An Opportunity to Learn — 46 Comments

  1. I hope you are successful in your job search soon. The blows to the ego are hard, but when we take something good away from the experience it is not a total loss.

  2. It is hard to look for jobs and to be continually rejected, the blow to the self esteem is hard, we have to find a way to get something good from the experience.

  3. I wish your daughter success in her job search and congratulations on her recent college graduation.

  4. I think that job searching is a continuous learning experience each and every time I do a search. I’ve been learning how to put in better search keywords too.

  5. Definitely a challenge finding the perfect job. I got into a field where outsourcing is the norm, so I pretty much work for pennies now. It sucks, but nothing can be done, so it’s off to jump hunting I go.

  6. I think my biggest fear of job hunting is the interview. There are definitely jobs out there I could use.

  7. As I’ve been searching for jobs lately, these are really great tips. It is definitely a learning experience when you’re out searching!

  8. Great tips. Searching for a job is hard. I know it can be challenging to find what I am looking for and what is available at the same time.

  9. I share your tips with my son…he has been looking for a job for almost 6 months.

  10. This is very true. I’m glad I haven’t been in this position for years

  11. This quote is so true. I worked as a recruiter for a short amount of time. It was always a learning experience and in this day it’s always changing.

  12. I have not been in the workforce for 8 years, my job is at home with our 5 kids homeschooling and taking care of them. I do think when one applies for a job and is not offered the job it is a learning process.

  13. Great tips about what to look for during a search. Yes, I agree that I have learned a lot from going on interviews and looking for work.

  14. You are so right Janea! I have worked many types of jobs and with being military there are some gaps in employment.. Great post.

  15. Looking back on my job searches, I think professionalism and first impressions are the two biggest things I have learned. The way you present yourself, whether online or in the real world, can greatly impact if you receive a position or not.

  16. Just recently I did not get a position I interviewed for. It was definitely a blow to my ego. I had some soul searching to do. Very enlightening post.

  17. most things are a learning experience if you take the time to reflect on it!! job searches are really a humbling experience for most of us

  18. It’s been a while since I had to search for a job, when I did .. I have to admit it was a blow to my self esteem! Thanks for this inspiring post!

  19. What a great attitude! Reminds me of the Polyanna movie and the “glad game.” I know, it is an old movie, but a good one 😉

  20. Great information. I will have to pass this on to my daughter who recently graduated from college. Any tip will help!

  21. My husband has been doing a lot of interviews at his job lately and he comes home w/ all sorts of great tales of what went on!

  22. It’s been a while since I’ve searched for a job. But once my youngest starts preschool, I will have to start!

  23. I’ve always said that it’s your job to find a job when you’re unemployed. And you’re right. You will always learn something as you search for a job!

  24. As a freelancer, I have learned that accepting lowball offers isn’t fair to me and belittles my talents and work ethic; when I first started freelance writing, I found it all too tempting to just accept whatever jobs I was offered, often working for rates that weren’t fair in comparison to my levels of skill and expertise. Only accepting rates that are fair is completely worth it because those are the only clients worth working for.

  25. I’m passing this on to my best friend. She is looking and really struggling to stay positive.

  26. Job searching can be so difficult, and so rewarding at the same time. Thanks for the reminder that it is important to find the silver lining in all things.

  27. I believe I’ve learned something from every job I’ve had! I love the “click to tweet” quote you have!

  28. Every job search is definitely an opportunity to learn. It is good to think about that when you’re having a hard time.

  29. My daughter and I were talking about this recently. It definitely gives you experience for different interview styles and techniques. Being able to talk off the cuff like that is always helpful.

  30. Looking for a new job can be so stressful. I like how you change the focus to the lesson learned from the letdown.

  31. It can be so stressful to have to do a job search! I learned being open to something slightly different than what I originally had in mind was a great help.

  32. Yu do get to know yourself when you job search. I hope to never have to go through that again! I am a SAHD and then hope to retire!

  33. Job searches and interviews are definitely places to learn…all of our experiences are.

    And, if they are done properly, you will know if you want to work at the place just as much as they will want to work with you.

  34. Recently I’ve learned that I was destined to work for myself! Job search after job search left me feeling unfulfilled and bored but since starting to work for myself I feel like I have purpose. Who knew!?

  35. I have learned a lot especially after I have put into over 300 jobs with only 2 or 3 interviews. One big lesson was it’s not what you know all the time its who you know especially in my case.

  36. I have learned much from my jobs and job searches. Always gaining a new perspective!

  37. Ask for what you are worth. Sometimes it’s tempting to take less money to get the job. Don’t undersell yourself!

  38. I have been in the position where I was searching for a job…it was NOT fun! Sometimes I felt like it didn’t matter what my criteria were, I was just so desperate to get a job!

  39. While searching for jobs in the past I learned that I had certain criteria that needed to be met (a clean environment, minimal travel, a nice boss (some worked out better than others).

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