Seeking New Work and Lost in the Wilderness?

Seeking New Work and Lost in the Wilderness?

Frustrated.  Isolated.  Panicked.  Discouraged.   These are just some of the emotions experienced by job hunters, especially those who have been on the hunt for a while.  In my work with Veterans seeking new or better jobs, I have come to recognize some common elements among those who feel lost and disheartened in pursuit of meaningful work, or in some cases, just a job to cover their financial obligations.  Do these sound familiar?

What do you do? Ugh!!!

What do you do?  Ugh!!!

For the unemployed, underemployed, or miserably employed, this simple inquiry "what do you do?" can trigger a downward spiral of negativity and self-recrimination as our Inner Critic starts the incessant diatribe about our worth, value, competency, capability as parent and/or provider, contributor, citizen, and even human being.   In our modern American society, our work and our identity are tightly coupled.  There has to be a way to respond to the question "what do you do" when we are in the midst of career transition that is positive, self-validating, and helpful.  I believe there is.