I still remember, like it was yesterday, the day that I first started blogging. That day was May 15th, 2009. Blogging is a bizarre experience. You get to share your thoughts and feelings with the whole world, yet you never really know who is out there reading your posts and whether or not you are actually inspiring anyone. Each week you think you're going to run out of things to say but somehow, the words continue to flow…
When I was 11 years old, I remember starting to write my first book. It was a fictional story about two teenage friends. I have no idea why I started writing it and why I never finished it, but I do know that I never shared it with anyone, even my best friend. Blogging is much different as it us shared with everyone. It has taught me many lessons, many of which apply to job searching as well. Here are the Top 10 Lessons I've Learned While Blogging:
- If you are an expert in some area, it's time to tell the world. Start a blog or write a book. Join networking groups and talk about your expertise. The world will appreciate you and will help pull you along your path to greatness.
- Pay it forward. The more that you help the world, the more than the world helps you back. It seems like magic. All of a sudden the planets start aligning in your favor. Help your friends, help strangers, and especially help people who are less fortunate than you.
- Keep at it. There will be days when you are down but you must keep going. You never know what wonderful surprise could be lurking around the corner for you.
- Say yes to success. Don't wait to celebrate until you've reached your goal as it should always be a moving target. Instead, celebrate the small successes along the way.
- Say no to the recession. Ignore the news. It has nothing to do with you. You only need one job, not 100. Think outside the box. What are you good at? How can you serve people? What is the one missing thing that the world needs? Think of how you can fill that void and then go for it!
- Be grateful for what is going well. Be grateful for breathing. Be grateful for your friends and family. Be grateful for your worldly possessions even if you'd like more of them. Be grateful for your health – don't take anything for granted.
- Don't take rejection personally. Not everyone is going to like you or your blog and not everyone is going to agree that you are a good fit for their job. Move on. It wasn't meant to be. When it is, it will happen.
- Be open to coincidences. Is it a coincidence that three of my friends told me to read the same book within a day of each other? Is it a coincidence that one of my friends met the VP of HR of his favorite company while sitting on the stands watching his kid's baseball game? I don't believe it is.
- Ask for help when you need it. Searching for a job without asking for help is a disaster in the making. When you are sick, you go see a doctor. When your computer is broken, you take it in to a technician. When your career is broken, you need to invest in repairing it as well. If you've been out of work for a long time, there is a reason. You may or may not know what that reason is. But more likely than not, the personal "blinders" we all wear might be preventing you from seeing your own weaknesses that are slowing down your job search. Invest in yourself with someone who will help you figure this out and assist you with your growth. If you do that, you could land faster, earn a higher salary, and have the best chance at finding a job that you love. It's that simple. I reinvest a decent portion of what I earn every year in myself - to work with several coaches who have helped me become the best that I can be today. Consider investing in yourself as well.
- The world isn't perfect. Even if you wanted to write a top 10 list, you might only have 9 things to say. It's not perfect but it's perfectly fine. No job is perfect either, but it is well worth the effort to find one that is darn close.
Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
For 100 days, I have given you advice about all sorts of things related to your search. Today's advice is simple. Believe in yourself and others will believe in you too. Have confidence in what you were put on this earth to do and find a way to do it regardless of how much money it pays. And then, get help finding it and doing it. Looking forward to my next 100 days with much appreciation and gratitude…I remain, Absolutely Abby.