We were hustled off the plane, up the stairs, around the corner, and directed to an electronic device where we checked into Customs . We scanned our passports, answered a bunch of questions, had our picture taken and matched to our identification. Then we were shepherded through another door to meet the Border Customs officer and pick up our luggage, just to turn it right back in. We then waited through more security screening; we stood in line, took off our shoes, jackets, backpacks, watches and emptied our pockets. We stood in a funny looking glass screening room with our hands over our heads. “Hold very still.” she told me.
After lunch, we walked to the opposite end of the airport, down the stairs and into another extremely crowded room. There just happened to be an electrical storm hovering over the airport and a dozen other flights were delayed too. We still had an extra hour to wait. I don’t do well waiting and sitting, so I headed back up the stairs, down the hallway and to the closest bookstore I could find. I picked up a GQ Magazine and read an interesting article about Brad Pitt. After losing his family, Brad Pitt is in the process of rediscovering himself, a journey that will lead him to his next destination. In the article he talked about how difficult it has been, but he also reflected on his life and how things have changed since his childhood. It is a process that we all have to endure. That story led me to write this blog.
Do you ever wonder why things feel so chaotic, especially when you are looking for a job? All you want to do is to get the interview, be selected, and just get the job. But there are so many moving pieces!
Could it be chaos? Or a part of a process?
- Cover letter
- Thank you letters
- Job search workshops
- Taking classes
- Keep a positive attitude
- Create opportunities for success
That is one of the reasons I love Workforce Solutions! We are all Workforce Solutions success stories and we all learned about the job search process! We left one career or job, learned how to job search and started all over again. Most of us rediscovered ourselves and took the next steps!. We all delighted in learning how to network, write resumes and cover letters, and talk about our strengths. We had good and bad interviews, learned a few things and laughed about our experiences. But one thing is for sure, it was all a process to prepare us for our next career!
So when you are in your job search or any other season of your life, learn to appreciate the process and know that every step you are making will make you a stronger candidate. Not every job is the perfect job for you! Sometimes being rejected from the wrong job will help you realize that it wasn’t right for you anyway. Keep on moving, preparing and evaluating your journey, so you can arrive safely at your next destination!
Kristin Cole is a member of the Regional Facilitator team and specializes in training the workforce in finding a job, keeping a job, and getting a better job. She has a passion for helping people successfully get from one stage in their life to another. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. She has 12 years’ experience as a trainer, teaching Special Education, Job Seekers and Foster Parents. After leaving her career in teaching, she utilized the Workforce Services to get a better job and became an Employment Counselor for 2 ½ years and was promoted to Facilitator and continued her passion as a trainer! She has 6 years of employment with Workforce Solutions.