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Had lunch with a small group of ladies, all unemployed. They were all discussing how discouraging its been in their job hunt. And no doubt it isn’t a pretty picture out there. This pessimistic attitude went on throughout lunch as they compared job openings that were seemingly beneath some of them to do, the old office clerk or admin support jobs (some of them in very good stable organizations).  I listened and chimed in here and there, trying not to get caught up with the whole “woe is me” thing. And for the most part it was fun getting together.  I finally said to them, “beggers can’t be choosers, and there may not be the ideal job for you right now, but you can take any one of those jobs you‘re talking about and make it whatever you want it to be. At least go on the interview, show them what you‘re made of, make them think about how else they might utilize you, your skills, your experience beyond.”  Anyway, our lunch conversation turned around, everyone started talking about what they could do in these jobs they were just poo-pooing.  And all left on a much happier note.  Whew!

Well late last night I got a call from one of the girls. She had gone on an interview after our lunch?  She said she took the interview to another level, turn things around with her interviewer and told them what more she can do for them beyond this admin job and how she would grow the position to help them grow their business.

Guess what?  Not only did she get the job, they increased the responsibilities slightly and bump up the starting salary for the position.  happy

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      Veggie wrote Mar 10, 2010
    • How true!

      Good for you for not letting everyone sit in their excuses estatic.

      I respect someone that says what needs to be said.

      We all need a little kick in the butt to get back into reality once in a while.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 10, 2010
    • Rose good for you for not letting then get you down. ANd better yet you were able to encourage a more positive outlook with winning results.... YEAH!



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      Hbrose wrote Mar 10, 2010
    • Thanks Veggie and Vikki! It’s good when things turn out good for people. happy



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 10, 2010
    • Amen, Rose!!! When I was divorced from my first husband I had no job skills. I was told over and over by the temp agencies that there was nothing for me. One morning I sat outside their door when they came to work and told them that I’d be there waiting in their lobby if a call came in with my skills. I could head right over to work.

      A call came in - from the county refuse department. I spent 6 months in the office at the dump. It was awful, it stunk, the workers leered at the women in the office but I had a job and a paycheck.

      Good for you for encouraging your friends and turning the attitude from negative to positive.



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