See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8 and part 9.
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...