Roam various job sites ✓
Update résumé ✓
Customize cover letter ✓
Send in application ✓
Rinse & repeat.
There are a number of things that sound more appealing to me than looking for a job. Netflix isn’t going to watch itself. And if you’ve taken a peek at my ‘about’ page, you’ll see that this blog has been a welcome distraction. But at the end of the day, there’s just no avoiding the dreaded job hunt. It’s a necessary evil that will, hopefully, guide me to a great company and a fulfilling career.
Which sounds totally great. Yet, as a 24 year old, who’s been looking for 5 months and has a master’s degree, I’m still on the hunt.
All the women, who broke & job-less – throw your hands up at me!
In the past couple of years, I’ve really tried to make a conscious effort to minimize my whining and worrying. I’ve been told not to complain and dispute (Philippians 2:14) and not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34), so I have tried my hardest to do what the Word says.
Buuut I caved.
Being frustrated with my circumstances, I pulled out my journal and I vented to God. My job situation had been bothering me for a while, but I thought that by not vocally expressing my confusion and disappointment, I was successfully not complaining and worrying. I guess I forgot that whole “God knowing my heart” tidbit, so I wasn’t fooling anyone.
It wasn’t so much that I thought I should be awarded with a job based on how long I’ve been looking, because 5 months is nothing in comparison to the years that others have spent trying to land a job. It also wasn’t because I thought having a master’s degree should have opened doors sooner, because there are people with doctorates who are in the same boat as me.
I vented because there were opportunities that seemed so perfect and I was sooo close to landing them, but they just fizzled out. One opportunity in particular really had me stumped. The way in which this potential job came to be was nothing short of God’s favor and I pounced on it. But try as I might, that tree didn’t bear fruit. I couldn’t understand why God would orchestrate something so perfect, only for nothing to come of it.
After 3 pages of venting, I stopped and listened. Here’s what I got.
The Lord has blessed me more than I will ever know. He has placed all kinds of people in my life who pray for me, send me job leads, and have been so encouraging. He needs me to use this time of waiting to further prepare myself for what’s to come. He needs me to be expectant, but also patient. And He needs me to apply 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to this and everything in my life. Short and sweet. So unlike my journal vent and this blog post.
So, I don’t have anything yet. But I will. I’ll keep roaming, networking, updating, customizing, sending, and waiting. And along with that, I’ll keep praying, expecting, patiently waiting, obeying, and believing that what God has for me, I’ll have.