A cover letter from the old Kristen.
Dear HR Person at Your Awesome Company,
Hi! I’m Kristen. I’m a professional job-seeker who has spent nearly 6 months of the last 5 years unemployed. My longest stint of unemployment was 3 months. My shortest: two weeks (booyah!).
I consider myself to be an expert at the following: Checking indeed.com 4 times daily for the perfect job, applying for jobs on LinkedIn at 3 a.m., interviewing well, knowing all the third-party recruiters in the area by name, and tweaking my resume often.
If you offer me a job with a decent salary, I’ll more than likely take it, because my biggest fear is remaining unemployed. I feel immense pressure to keep my home and my car, provide for my family, and not go into bankruptcy.
Thank you for your consideration,
Seriously, y’all…. that was my mindset until recently. Of course I’m still wanting to find a job. Of course I still worry about my financial obligations. But what I’ve recently let go of is the FEAR. I’m no longer scared of the what-ifs. I’m no longer tied to a certain salary. And I know in my heart what I’m good at and what I can offer. And I have complete faith that things will work out for me.
A book I can recommend to help you through a tough time, and achieve a breakthrough in your life: Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success by Napoleon Hill.
Napoleon Hill is long gone from this world, and this book was written in 1938. The catch: it wasn’t released until 2011, when we were in the throes of our latest economic downturn.
Fun fact: Hill is known as the father of today’s self-improvement book category. This book is as relevant now as when it was first written. I’m not even finished with this book, and it’s already changed my mindset. If you’re feeling challenged in life, do yourself a favor, spend the $9 on Amazon and read it. I wish my dad was around so that I could have him read it and share his thoughts with me.
Have you read any Napoleon Hill books? Any other self-improvement books that you would recommend?
3 thoughts on “Professional Job-Seeker”
You are me! I am you! I’m in a “temp” position at this moment and have stopped “caring” about salary range simply because I am dedicated to finding a truly proper professional fit. And yes – that means I QUIT my big ole ugly (well-paying) corporate job! Maybe I’m being picky? Maybe I’m right on target though. Best of luck to you, friend!
Happiness is more than money, isn’t it? If you’re going to spend 40 hours a week somewhere, it should be somewhere you enjoy spending time doing something you’re passionate about, both challenged and fulfilled. Best of luck to you, too. xoxo
I would highly recommend Simon Sinek, if you like Napoleon Hill. He’s a phenomenal TED speaker (I think I heard he is one of the most watched TED videos ever) and he has written several books. He’s good!
The Go-Giver and Eat That Frog are on my list of books to read right now, as well.