This is part ten of a series of blog posts written by an IT professional that was ousted when his employer offshored IT jobs. This week he talks about the highs and lows of jobseeking.
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by I.T. Jobseeker
The jobseeker’s journey certainly has its highs and lows. The highs come, for example, when an agent calls out of the blue, having seen your CV on a recruitment website, and asks if he can put you forward for an ideal job – good money and near to home. He says that you are an ideal fit for the role. The lows happen when you chase the agent about such a prospect, only to be told that his client is ‘awaiting funding’ for the position, in other words it was not a real job in the first place.
I try to manage the highs and lows by smoothing them out in my head; trying not to get too optimistic about likely prospects or too disappointed when they fall flat. Forget them and move on.
I find it best to appear up-beat about things even when I feel distinctly down-beat or dead-beat. When I let my guard down in the pub the other evening, the local cheerful, cheeky chappie (every pub has one) said to me:
‘Cheer up, mate, it might never ‘appen, Ha Ha Ha!’
‘A pint of lager, please, and an ambulance for this man.’
I’ve tried to stay employed physically and mentally. I get up at the sort of time I would do if I had a job to go to. In between internet jobseeking sessions, I do jobs around the house and garden. I still have all my fingers, despite my attempts at DIY. My culinary skills are improving. I’ve become a dab hand at Sudoko. I’m reading a lot and I get to write this blog. All in, I’m as busy as I was when I had a regular paid job.
Keeping busy is important. Otherwise it would be easy to go from being simply fed up to clinical depression, as I mentioned in part 6 of this blog. Things are getting better now with the weather improving, lighter mornings and evenings making it easier to get out and about. Then there’s those green shoots of recovery…