Being unemployed or in a job that isn’t the right fit for you is a stressful experience. There are so many unknowns that can cause us to worry: Can I live on less money? For how long? What will my friends and family think of me? Is there even another job out there that would be right for me?
It’s easy during this time for everything in life to be colored by this doubt and uncertainty. The constant worry can make us irritable, depressed, and can make us lose confidence in ourselves. Work, whether paid or unpaid, not only gives us a sense of meaning in our lives, but provides us with structure, a feeling of control, and the confidence that we’re good at something.
Career issues can be addressed in a couple of ways. The first is to engage in career counseling. With career counseling, we start by learning the things you like to do and the things that you’re good at. Interests and strengths are then matched with potential careers to pursue. We review your resume and LinkedIn profile (or help you build these), tailor cover letters, practice interviewing, and talk about networking. When offers come in, we can discuss salary negotiation and possible competing offers.
Another way to address career issues is by engaging in therapy. Talking through your worries and the things that have you feeling down about yourself and your situation can help during this time. Exploring your feelings around searching for meaningful work and not yet knowing where it’ll come from can help take the intensity out of those feelings. Discussing ways to build structure into your daily routine can give you hope and a feeling of being in control.
Sometimes the answer is to engage in one approach and sometimes the answer is to engage in both. Often when we talk about things like interviewing and networking, it’s useful to also talk about the feelings that those bring up in us.
Therapists at Live True Counseling Can Help
Therapists at Live True Counseling understand what it’s like to be in the wrong job or to have lost a job. Our therapists work with you collaboratively to understand your unique experience and needs. If it’s career counseling that you seek, we can match you with a therapist with 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Career Counseling. Whatever your need, our therapists will work alongside you to help you move forward in a direction that feels right to you.