Job Searching: It’s Tough But Someone Has To Do It!

The search for the perfect job is not easy.

How did I get into this situation?

About six months ago, I took a big step by quitting my job of four years to try something different and leave an environment that was not in the best interest of my needs. I loved that job, but it was time to resign. A week after starting my new position, I was catching on quickly; however, my time management and COVID got the best of me, and unfortunately, I received the pink slip.

I was devastated and wondering what am I going to do. I sent out my resume to anyone that would take me. Then I got another opportunity!

This job was ok; good hours, great coworkers and I wouldn’t have to stand on my feet all day! Score! All I needed to do was get certified; the only thing was my boss was toxic. I mean, my mental health was not on board for this, so I continued the search and landed another job back in my safe space.

To be honest, I settled.

Everyone is hiring, but everyone is not hiring.

Over the years, I had dreams of using my college degrees and doing what I loved; it is a challenge though. Every interview or resume I send out, I get a notification that I’m either overqualified or I don’t have enough experience.

No, I am not in the best place job-wise; I’m figuring it all out. I honestly do not know what I want to do anymore, but I believe I am destined to do something great. I have a lot of work to do to get there.

I know once I keep searching, the right opportunity will come. I’m trying to stay strong and have faith. Everything is a lesson, whether it is in my dream career or not. I’m now understanding that things happen for a reason – to build us up and prepare for what the Universe has in store.

I’m learning ways to master interviews (thanks TikTok). Building my resume, working on my craft for more experience, and using my network for advice and encouragement.

As a single mom, still in the market for that perfect job, I want to share that it is hard. You will hear the word “No” more than “Yes.” You will find a job and realize it’s not for you and that’s okay. You’ll have to call out because your baby is sick or school is closed due to another spread of Covid. However, one thing I’ve learned during my job search journey is that you can’t work from an empty cup. If it is not for you, let it go and keep pushing for the next. The opportunity will eventually come. Utilize the people who want to help. You don’t have to go through this alone; when you open up, that’s when things will start to fall into place.

You’ve got this!

Ja’Nae was born in Houma and raised on the outskirts of New Orleans known as the Westbank, where she still resides. She’s currently dating her boyfriend of 3 years and together they raise their daughter A’nylah. After attending Jackson State University, she moved back to New Orleans and then earned her master’s at Full Sail University in Public Relations, she currently works part-time at a local Bra Boutique where she enjoys helping women feel good about themselves. In her free times, she’s looking for the latest fashion trends, working out, learning how to organize her life, relaxing by enjoying a good movie or series and finding fun things to do with her new family.


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