Each month, I participate in the Career Collective, a community of bloggers who congregate to answer a common question. This month's question focuses overcoming the negative aspects of job search, and what to do when you're really, really, really discouraged about your unsuccessful job search.
Here's my advice: block out 40 minutes in your calendar, and jump on Hulu. Yes, watching videos and tv may seem counter-intuitive, and it's not a strategy that I would normally recommend--especially since most research shows that people find jobs through human interaction and connection--and not by sitting on the couch!
But there's a valuable gem of a documentary online now that deserves to be seen, and which I think you may find inspiring:
The Lemonade Movie, was the brain child of Eric Proulx, founder of Please Feed the Animals, a blog for recently unemployed advertising professionals that includes job postings and facilitates community and "uncovers opportunity in unemployment."
Did you see Up in the Air, and experience pain and empathy as you watched the layoff process? I thought the movie was very well done, but found the raw emotion and job seeker's experience difficult to watch. Lemonade starts in much the same way, as individuals (many of whom Eric Proulx-- @ericproulx -- found through Twitter) share their lay-off story. It's depressing to say the least, and not unlike swallowing a sour lemon.
But then the Lemonade Movie goes on to show how these individuals created a second act for themselves--and how they found a greater sense of fulfillment in the process. The Lemonade Movie doesn't minimize the pain of the process, but it may provide you with some ideas for your own career reinvention--and help you get unstuck. And as a follow-up, you can set a minor goal for yourself--after you've landed in your next opportunity, you can share your own story of how you made lemonade on the site.
Curious on how to get there? Read these fresh perspectives from my colleagues in steps you can take now, and know that we have faith in you. In the words of "Sad Brad Smith" from Up in the Air soundtrack, Help Yourself
I know you'll help us
when you're feeling better...
..we're willing to wait on you
We believe in everything that you can do.
When life gives you lemons...check out these other posts from my Career Collective friends and colleagues.
Job Search Made Positive, @MartinBuckland @EliteResumes
Job Search: When It All Turns Sour, @GayleHoward
10 Ways to Turn Your Job Search Frown Upside-Down, @heatherhuhman,
Light at the End of the Tunnel @WalterAkana
3 Ways to Keep Your Glass Half Full @LaurieBerenson
Don't Sweat The Job Search, @resumeservice
Mind Over Matter: Moving Your Stalled Search Forward, @careersherpa
Finding Opportunity in Quicksand, @WorkWithIllness
What to do when you are discouraged with your job search @keppie_careers
It's the little things @DawnBugni
Restoring Your Joy In Job Search, @ValueIntoWords
Just "SO VERY Discouraged…”, @jobhuntorg org
Making Job Search Fun (Yeah, That's Right!), @barbarasafani
Dancing in the Rain--Kicking the Job Search Blues, @ErinKennedyCPRW
Dealing with Job Search Stress: Getting to the Source of the Problem, @expatcoachmegan