Doostang News November 22: What Are You Thankful For? Finding the Silver Lining in an Unsatisfactory Job or Unemployment

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It’s that time of the year when we take pause to reflect on all that we are grateful for in our lives – our health, families, good friends, homes… Even if there are things that aren’t going perfectly at the moment, we can take comfort in what we do have, and determine a course of action in order to obtain the things we want. Perhaps now is a good time to do the same for our professional lives, pinpointing where we are and where we want to be. Here are some points to consider, whether you have a job that you are unhappy with, or are currently unemployed and job searching.

What is working for you?

Broadly speaking, what are you grateful for in your current position? All negatives aside, what is it that keeps you showing up at the office each morning? Do you get paid well to do something you’re good at? Do you enjoy the people around you? Is this a necessary stepping-stone to where you envision yourself in the future? There must be something positive you can draw on, and understanding what that is will help you determine what is important to you in a job.

If you don’t have a job, think about the last time you did, or about a situation where you had a big project that you were working on. What worked for you and what didn’t? What environment was most conducive to success, and who were the key players that you were able to best collaborate with? Once you start putting together a list of the things that are most important to you in a job and a job setting, you’ll be closer to determining your ideal career.

What are you learning?

Even if finding something that you can be grateful for in your job is a huge stretch, at least you can be grateful for the fact that you are learning something. Perhaps you’re honing skills or gathering knowledge that you can take with you to your next position. Or maybe this simply means that you are learning how to better put up with people that you can’t stand to be around, or strengthening your will by clocking into a position that you abhor day in and day out. Even if you’re unhappy with where you are, there is always a way in which you are improving who you are as a professional or as an individual – or both.

If you’re frustrated with your job search, be grateful for the tenacity it takes to get up each day and hunt for your next opportunity. Perhaps you’re meeting new and interesting people in your efforts to network, or learning about opportunities you never knew existed, and hence getting a better grasp on what sort of position you’d like to pursue. What are you learning about yourself, as you work to hold yourself accountable each and every day?

Working at a job that you are unhappy with, or feeling unhappy about your current lack of a job, can be a trying experience. But be thankful for your ability to rise to the challenge and keep moving forward, despite apparent lack of morale – indeed, it takes a considerable amount of morale to commit yourself to anything. If you’re dissatisfied, figure out why, and what needs to change. If you feel stuck, experiment and determine what works and what doesn’t. Even the best opportunities will be rife with roadblocks, and your ability to handle these will really determine where you’re capable of going.

Thankfully yours,

The Doostang Team

Prepare Now for Your Next New Job

By Alesia Benedict, CPRW, JCTC

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Are you employed but unhappy? Many people are. It’s called being underemployed or unhappily employed. With the economy in the tank for the past two years, many people have put all thoughts of hunting for a new, more exciting job on the back burner. Those with jobs at all are thanking their lucky stars for a paycheck while bearing up under less-than-optimal conditions. Stress levels are up and so are work hours; people are doing more with less which makes for tense times.

Although it may seem implausible, now is the time to start preparing for your next job search. Unemployment is inching lower, companies are starting to recover and that means hiring will start increasing. You should start thinking ahead. Here are some tips:

Make sure your network is warm. All those people hit by layoffs can attest that networking is hardest when you’ve allowed your network to fall away. Stay in touch with your contacts constantly so you are always on the radar regardless of economic conditions. Most great opportunities come through your network when you are least expecting it.

Get your resume and cover letter ready. That unexpected opportunity may not wait for you to get a resume and cover letter spiffed up. You should have a current resume on hand at all times. Every time you achieve something at work or if your role changes, you should make detailed notes, having your information at hand. If you have a great resume but it’s been more than six months since you touched it, it’s time to update it!

Get necessary training. Maybe you are thinking of moving up a step on the career ladder but need additional education or training. Now is the best time to make that happen. Take advantage of the stalled economy to update your skills, attain a degree, or add a specialization. It will pay off in the end!

About the Author:

Alesia Benedict, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of, the country’s leading resume writing firm. They provide professionals with customized, branded resumes and career marketing documents. Her and her firm’s credentials include being cited by JIST Publications as one of the “best resume writers in North America,” quoted as a career expert in The Wall Street Journal, and published in a whopping 25+ career books. Established in 1994, the firm has aided more than 100,000 job seekers to date. All resume writers are certified writers. offers a free resume critique and their services come with a wonderful guarantee — interviews in 30 days or they’ll rewrite for free!