Sunny Saturday afternoon… I decided to sit down and write a blog post after a reader told me she noticed that I haven’t blogged for a while. Sorry for that!
A lot has happened of course. Found and lost a job, I’m not active for Den Haag FM anymore and another voluntary adventure completely failed before it even started…Sometimes I’m amazed by the pace of these developments and how I’m still standing. I think it’s because of the energy I get by being busy. I try to stay in a positive flow and state of mind.
When in between jobs, you have plenty of time to do some research, especially on yourself. What are your passions, skills, life experience and so on. You also have more time to spend your life the way you want to, 24/7.
I had a great time at a networking drink…I even won a ‘date’ with a positive psychologist. Yay! Maybe he can help me with my search for the best job ever.
“You have to keep on trying, do not give up.” That goes for all aspects of my life at this moment. I have to admit; it is really hard to stay motivated sometimes. But I’m not planning on giving up.
I left the radio program on Den Haag FM. It wasn’t really my cup of tea and I didn’t feel at ease about the subjects we talked about. So now I’m trying out different things at the station to see what suits me best.
And of course I’m still looking for a job. Each time I become unemployed, I have to go back to my core and think about what I want. So that’s what I’m doing these days.
It’s already more than a week ago, but I can’t deprive you of this! I was one of the 100 job seekers in the national newspaper AD on the opening day of Dutch parliament. My apology for the bad quality of the picture.
The small ad tells my previous job and that I’m looking for a new one. I would love to work in the magazine industry as an editor and one of my characteristics is my energy.
The past few weeks I have been thinking a lot. I really have to find out how to set up my life. It’s a hard time to find a job and make a living. So I was forced to search for opportunities, go back to figure out what I love to do and what I’m good at, to see if I can create my own business out of that.
I have made a plan with the things I need to do such as courses I have to take and books I have to buy in order to become acquainted with a certain matter. And I have to work on a website of course. A logo might as well be handy to have. That will make it easier for people to remember me.
More than 6 months have gone by since I started the Train Girl initiative. I didn’t invest much time in it lately but I notice that people still like the concept and encourage me to keep on promoting the idea. Friday I received a message on the Facebook-page of Train Girl from someone who wants to help me get more publicity since he’s the owner of a website that’s all about trains and travelling by train. And he would love to have a Train Guy button! 😀
So I have a lot to focus on and to look forward to. It’s a bit scary but also very exciting!
One thing is sure in the search for a job: you have to make use of your connections. Most of my connections know that I am looking for work, so once in a while I update them with the latest ins and outs. But they already know to spread the word about me.
So it is also important to invest in new connections to see if they can mean something. Lately I have been attending gatherings to network. It’s fun but a bit scary though to just talk to a total stranger knowing that you are here with a purpose. But I am getting used to it. And it is nice to experience that everyone I meet is so understanding and helpful. People know that it is hard to find work nowadays and are willing to help and think with me about possibilities.
I am not only take advantage of organised meetings to network. A birthday or housewarming is also a perfect moment to meet new people and tell my story. It is interesting how that is working out for me. For a start I have an appointment with somebody who has worked for years in the industry I want to work in. I am really grateful for the people who want to make time for me and are prepared to even listen to me.
The last conversation I had with someone from the field was amazing! It’s a great motivation to keep searching for the best. Often you are alone searching for a job, applying for vacancies and as result lose track of the world around you. It’s an eye-opening experience to brainstorm with someone about what you want, what you hope to find in a job but also what you need to get out of it!