The Pursuit of Happiness



Dear Dharma,

How do I keep from getting discouraged while job hunting?

I feel like I’ve been looking forever!  Ok, it’s been less than a year and more than 6 months. Still, that’s a long time isn’t it? I don’t know because I’ve never been in a situation like this.

I’ve signed up with a couple of agencies but haven’t heard anything back.  Also, I’ve had a couple of initial interviews but they say I’m asking for more than they can budget for salary. I’ve done my research and know with my experience I’m not asking for too much.

Should I just quit my current job and focus all of my energies on the next great one?


Dear Deflated,

Not to fall back on a cliché right out the gate, but it’s said that the best time to find a job is when you have one…

Probably feels like a pretty empty platitude right now, but I do agree with the sentiment behind it.  Not having a job leaves you vulnerable, which could show through in an interview, and that’s the last thing you want.

So, no, I don’t think you should quit your current job until you’ve found something else, unless it is completely unbearable, and you have the financial resources to keep yourself well for at least 6 months.  If yes to both, and you think you can keep yourself from getting panic-y if something doesn’t come through immediately, then maybe it’s worth exploring.

I’m glad to hear that you’ve signed up with a few agencies, as Dharma has had only positive experiences in that arena… but the fact that you aren’t hearing back from them isn’t good.  My first piece of advice is to follow up with them and ask what more you can provide them in order to get the ball rolling at a bit quicker of a pace.  Get yourself more solidly on their radar and keep yourself there.

And if those agencies aren’t doing the trick, there’s certainly no shortage of them, so find more to register with.  The more people looking on your behalf, the better, right?

Also, have someone objective take a look over your resume.  A fresh eye could make all the difference.  Hey, send it over, I’ll give it a look-see!

In regards to how to keep yourself from getting discouraged, the best advice I can give you is to have faith.  Have faith that everything happens for a reason and that the right situation will present itself at exactly the right time.  Trust in the universe.  You won’t be stuck in this job forever, I promise you.

And in the meantime, keep yourself busy with things you enjoy outside of work.  Squeeze as much enjoyment out of every other aspect of your life while you continue the hunt and know that it will work itself out.



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