Sunday, May 27, 2012

Are you looking for a job, or for work?

When we get out of college we usually say we are looking for a “job.” In fact, this blog is called first “job” out of college. But have you ever head someone say “I’m looking for ‘work’”?

Looking for “work” is typically associated with people searching for blue-collar jobs. But I think looking for “work” is just the right attitude, and one that can help you in your job-search.

Because in its very phrasing, looking for “work” implies that you are willing to work, and aren’t as picky about what you get – you just want to work.

Looking for a “job” implies more of the title than the action. Looking for a job implies we are looking for a certain title, a certain status, certain benefits.

And while there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes looking for that first job can be overwhelming and frustrating when we can’t seem to find that “right” title or fit.

There is a lot of growth that happens when we engage in hard work. And whether that hard work is exactly what you wanted to do out of college or not, there is a lot you can gain, and give.

So if you’ve been looking for a job for a while and are feeling lost and frustrated, try switching your mindset around for a few days and look for “work” instead. Think about what work you can do even when you are unemployed (e.g. volunteer work). And when you get a job, work. Work hard.

Because I think it’s easy to lose sight of that, myself included. Getting the job is only half the battle, really. It’s the work that happens before you get the job and after you get the job that really defines your future.

So even if you don’t have a job right now, have no fear – you have work. Work to search for that job. Work to discover who you are and what you want to do with your life. And work to chase. 

Never underestimate the power of your own hard work. You have a lot to offer.

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