How to Handle Unemployment

It’s been a month since I returned to the U.S. and almost three months since I decided to quit my job. Earlier today, I wrote my 44th cover letter. I also discovered The GOOD Guide to Hustlin’. While I thoroughly enjoyed the completely relevant “How to Move Back Home and Keep Your Dignity” installment, the “How to Know When to Quit Your Job” article was inspiring.

Mostly, it reminded me that I am not alone. It also reminded me that I have control over this period of unemployment—and that’s important. I was not fired. I was not downsized. I was not bought out. I’m very lucky to be able to say that. I chose to leave my job and move back to the States.

Like Kareem, I am taking this time to figure out the next step in my career. It’s easy to fall into the trap of just wanting any job and applying for every job that remotely interests me. But that’s not the point. This article helped me remember that me that:

And you have to remind yourself that the goal isn’t to just get any other job.

I will find a job—a great job—but these things take time. Time to do things I couldn’t do if I had a full-time job—like speaking to my friend’s high school journalism students.

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