As an unemployed person; job searching and be overwhelming. Anyone can begin to doubt their skills, abilities, industry; causing them to feel helpless and hopeless. You can have the support of family, friends, and significant others; yet, frustrations may emerge during your job search process.
Transportation can make you angry. Triggers are listed to help you identify some situations that unknowingly throw a wrench in your job search process. Knowing these triggers and controlling the thoughts and feelings derived from these situations will control negative behaviors that are affecting your job search success which impacts your career goals.
1. Your car needs gas. You run out the door to start the car. Your tank is on empty. You’re running late. The company is handing out job applications during a certain time period. You are banging and stomping as you try to squeeze the last few drops to make it to the closest gas pump.
2. The gas lines are long. You waited until the last minute to get the gas. You are caught in morning traffic, lunch hour traffic, or evening rush hour traffic. You are fussing and using choice words as you attempt to make it through the traffic in a timely manner.
3. The price of gas is too high. Your funds are limited. You are frustrated because it will take more than a few dollars to pay for gas. You can make it there and back; but, you don’t have enough gas for the job interview or to retrieve any more job applications.
4. You parked at a pump that is out of order. You jump out the car; frantically searching for your debit or credit card. You’re almost out of breath; using choice words. You go to insert your card; and you see tape across the slot. You are peeved. You jump in your car to find another gas pump; and they’re all taken. You can’t leave. You don’t have enough gas to go any further. You have to wait. You are fussing about the pump not working; not knowing until you got out of your car; and being late to get the application.
5. You need to borrow money to get the gas. You are perturbed because you have to borrow money to get gas to do some local job searching. You asked several friends and family members. They could not help you. They even asked what happened to your money. They questioned your spending habits. You don’t believe they want to help you. You don’t believe they care. You are very upset. You are at your wit’s end. You need money for gas desperately.
6. You need a ride to job search. You were promised a ride. Your friend didn’t show up. No one is answering their friend. You are in a rage. You asked a few days ago; and they promised you that they would be there.
Your emotions are creating hostilities during your job search process. These hostilities are a result of poor planning during your job search process. You have to prepare a job search checklist. You have to be realistic; and accountable. You need to identify what you have; what is required; and what will be needed to ensure a successful job search. You are the one needing a job. You need to assess your situation; and get the right support and services to alleviate these stressors which lead to anger. Your anger for success accomplished nothing but less chances of getting hired.
Transportation vouchers and resources are available in some cities and counties to assist you during your job search endeavors. Don’t wait; procrastination may cost you the job. Get your gas ahead of schedule. Keep gas in your vehicle. Penny pinch to afford the gas. You need to budget for gas. If you need to borrow from a family member or friend; borrow in advance of the event. If you are relying on a ride; ensure it is a reliable ride.
You can contact local United Way agencies, Goodwill, state workforce agencies, community based organizations, churches, and parishes for assistance. There are available resources to reduce your frustrations that a lead to anger that hinders a successful job search.
I am Shirleyd of SHINE; providing career education to recreate careers and reinvent ourselves; wholistically.