The Richmond Register

September 29, 2013

Been unemployed for a while? You must be willing to change

By Jennifer Naiper
Register Columnist

RICHMOND — “I have been hunting for a job for months,” complains an unemployed friend. “I have applied for hundreds of jobs and I’m still unemployed. I don’t think there are any jobs available. I’ve got years of experience, I’m a hard worker and I’m still unemployed!”

Your friend is denying the fact that they are doing something wrong.

Your friend is blaming others because they have yet to find a job.

They are discouraged and depressed at their own situation.

They have lost their sense of purpose and have become bitter at the world.

Plus, they are no longer enjoyable to be around because of their constant complaining.

Even in the face of economic instability, there are still plenty of businesses hiring, prospering and growing.

Don’t think this is true?

Then explain how Rockstar Games grossed over $1 billion in sales in 72 hours with it’s new video game, Grand Theft Auto 5, breaking the previously held record of $1 billion in sales in 15 days by Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Pretty amazing!

It is in times of financial crisis and economic downturns that businesses will learn to adapt and grow, or remain on an unchanging course that leads to their demise.

This same concept is true for individuals who are seeking employment or want to change jobs.

Everyone has choices.

When your friend tells you that they have been searching for employment, are they really searching for a job only in their comfort zone?

Are they looking for jobs to do what they used to do? Are they using the same job search techniques they used to use?

If so, they have a problem. They are setting themselves up for failure and placing the blame on everyone but themselves.

Making the wrong choices will cause them to stay unemployed and broke for a very long time, if not the rest of their lives.

Where is the light at the end of the unemployment tunnel?

The light to success can be found by learning about growing or emerging fields that demonstrate high rates of employment and profitability.

Job seekers need to pursue the skills and education it takes to enter progressive fields, not the declining ones.

Changing career paths is never easy, which is why many people make the choice not to do it.

Many job seekers have the mindset that an employer should give them a job so they can be employed and pay their bills.

Employers are not charities. They hire individuals who have the talent and skills to ensure their companies can earn a profit and grow. Employers want individuals who are flexible, willing to change, and eager to learn new skills.

Most people fear change and thus never invest the time, energy, resources and efforts required to make necessary changes.

Selecting the easiest choices will ensure an unsuccessful ending.

It’s those people who embrace change, face their fears, and learn from their failures that achieve long-term success.