My blog Resolutions Revisited, written last year, was inspired by multiple job seekers coming to terms with what seemed like a never-ending job search from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.
It was written to encourage and inspire those who simply didn’t know how to start looking for work. Having been there myself, I was motivated by what the challenges look like to those experiencing unemployment for the first time.
I’m going to pick up where we left off and offer additional holiday tips for the soul, which I hope will add sparkle to your season.
1. When we first talked about reviewing finances, I failed to mention that spending wisely is an absolute MUST during the holidays. If you decide to buy gifts for loved ones, think “personalized, meaningful and simple.” Some of the most memorable gifts I’ve received have been hand-made and are so unique.
2. Another thing to try and remember this year is how meaningful and important it is to consider and help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Years ago, while visiting shelters and homes for the elderly, I left gifts for people who needed some happiness and warmth in their lives. The idea of paying it forward will warm your heart. Someone has undoubtedly shared a kindness with you before… don’t hesitate to share it right back with someone who could also use an unexpected kindness.
In my previous blog I suggested that you…
“Surround yourself with positive people who lift you up and encourage your efforts.”
While surrounded by all that positivity, don’t forget to share the gift of your smile with others. I seize every opportunity to smile, and it makes my days so much better.
Unfortunately, as we’re human and as long as we continue to forge ahead through our complicated lives, we’ll always face struggles and challenges.
Just hang on and hang in for dear life! Your employment opportunity will be gifted! You are your own best resource for happiness while job searching regardless of the season.
Frieda Carmouche is a member of the Regional Navigator team specializing in training, educating and assisting employers, and career center staff throughout the Gulf Coast with community resources, outreach events and technical support in assisting job seekers with disabilities. A native Houstonian with a love of training and development, Frieda has been employed by Workforce Solutions for over 16 years.