Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? It’s a day of great food, family and reflection; our time to focus on everything we are grateful for in our lives.
Especially while job hunting, Thanksgiving is about being positive and feeling appreciation despite outer circumstances or conditions. It’s about gratitude for how far we’ve come despite the challenges we may have had to work through.
If you are currently looking for work, take some time to reflect on what made you happy in previous jobs. Harness this as a guide to the types of companies you want to work for in the future. Take a minute to be grateful for the interviews, the guidance you’ve received, and the people that connected you with others who can help you start a whole new perspective or approach to your job search.
During your reflection, here are some areas you can look back on and be thankful for as you move forward in your job search.
One important thing to take advantage of during gaps in employment is time. You have time to focus on yourself; to self-reflect and think about what you really want out of life. You have time to exercise, volunteer, pick up some DIY projects, or take on a new hobby that you’ve always wanted to try. An employer wants to hire someone who is stable, balanced, and has a positive attitude. Take advantage of this time by improving yourself and making yourself more valuable to your future employer.
If you have persevered through a long job search and end up at a rewarding company that you love, you might find that you are grateful for the time you spent searching and for the rejections that led you to where you are now. These obstacles will prepare you for success in your new role.
When you are serious about finding a job, you put a lot of effort into it. Job hunting can require networking, volunteering, and obtaining new skills. Throughout your job search, you are likely to meet new people and build your professional network, to spend time building your online presence, or even take new courses to build on your skill sets. These new experiences will not only better you as a professional, but they make fabulous additions to your resume to make you an more appealing applicant.
In the end, don’t devalue anything you do during your job search. Be thankful, become inspired, and use all of your experiences to demonstrate your personal and professional growth during this time.