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Encouragement for the Unemployed

Updated on July 29, 2012

As unemployment continues in the United States, the overall morale is dismaying. I've been unemployed three separate times since 2008. Sometimes, when I feel hopeless, I blame the economy or the government. Other times, I blame myself and think that I must not be good enough for any company. It's hard not to second guess your worth as a skilled and useful citizen, when you fill out many applications and (in a good month) go on one or two interviews. What I've found is, in order to survive any period of unemployment, you have to do your best at job searching, count your blessings, take one day at a time, and use humor to generate laughter (it's better then crying). Peruse these quotes and pictures that will help you realize you are a unique individual that was placed on this earth for a purpose.


We Can Relate

I'm not a homeless dude; we just make the same amount of money.
I'm not a homeless dude; we just make the same amount of money. | Source
The endless paradox.
The endless paradox. | Source
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This is so true.
This is so true.

Humor

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Apparently she dreams of becoming a superhero mascot for a pet shop.
Apparently she dreams of becoming a superhero mascot for a pet shop. | Source
If only this was true.
If only this was true. | Source
It happened in a galaxy far, far away, too.
It happened in a galaxy far, far away, too.

Inspiration

We don't have money, but we have plenty of time.  Some of us will become successful entrepreneurs.
We don't have money, but we have plenty of time. Some of us will become successful entrepreneurs. | Source
Sometimes positive thinking trumps reality.
Sometimes positive thinking trumps reality. | Source
Our identity is not found in a job.  We need to live every moment to its fullest.
Our identity is not found in a job. We need to live every moment to its fullest. | Source

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      5 years ago

      I like some of the mottos on the posters!

      Voted up

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, f! I like them, too. :)

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      5 years ago

      Anyway, keep trucking on; you never know what inqiries may lead to locally; teachers; local businesses; parlors, volunteer opportunities.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I shall, my friend. I have an interview next week for an assistant teaching position for an adult education program at a local technical college. So, at least, right now, I have some hope.

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      5 years ago

      Oh good! I'm so glad to hear this!

      Keep praying!

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks; will do.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I just found out about another interview. It will take place in a few hours. :)

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      5 years ago

      Hey, this is wonderful, too. Maybe another teaching assistant possibility?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      This is for a retail job, but I like working retail; I get to help people. I would love to have both jobs actually. The teaching assistant job is for working at night.

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      5 years ago

      Sounds good; and mom and dad, whom you've mentioned, will sure be relieved, too.

      Blessings.

      PS(I think you said you've done retail at various chains before.)

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      Jennifer Kessner 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Helen Keller's! I love it when words can be moved around like that and still hold one of the keys to the meanings of life.

      "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief dutry to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller

      That is what I wish for as well! Great hub. =) It's totally making me feel better about having to put in an application at Aldi's grocery store.

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      5 years ago

      Hope the interview goes well! Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Meisjunk: I love that quote, too! I'm glad this hub gave you positive vibes. I feel your pain. I've applied to so many jobs over the years! Thanks for commenting. :)

      f: Yes, my parents will be so happy when I get a job. Thank you; I think the interview went well. :)

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      5 years ago

      Glad to hear it went well; they don't always tell you there and then if you were successful, of course. Keep on trucking with the inquiries! Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, one can never really quite know how it went until they let you know something. I will keep up the job hunt; looking forward to my interview on Tuesday.

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      5 years ago

      This is the retail interview, right; on Tues. Hope it also goes well.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Today was the retail interview. Tuesday is the assistant teaching position one. Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      Oh okay! So would these involve having to go far, use a lot of gas, etc? these days, gas is quite a consideration.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, the amount of gas used is definitely an issue when considering employment. Both jobs would not be very far from my house at all; 10 to 15 minutes at the most.

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      5 years ago

      Oh well this is good; it's an important consideration, anyway. You might in some ways like to live in a place such as LA or NYC, for all the fashion and design opportunities, maybe. But getting work in one's home locality does have its benefits.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      That would be amazing to live in a larger city, but that won't happen until I can afford it.

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      I love this...one can accomplish great things when unemployed...wish you all the best Ebower

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Injured lamb! That quote inspires me as well (especially as a Hubpages writer). Thanks for your comment. :)

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      5 years ago

      'That would be amazing to live in a larger city, but that won't happen until I can afford it.'

      Sounds as if you would love it.

      Finding fellowship there would be an issue as well, of course.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I would like it, because there would be many things to do in a large city. That's true; I had a hard time making friends when I lived in a larger city in the recent past.

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      5 years ago

      At least you had your roommate, right?

      You seemed to have thoroughly shared some common interests, anyway.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      It was good for awhile, but we grew apart; it happens.

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      5 years ago

      Anyway, you were certainly into jewelry, body art etc.

      Is she a Christian?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I'm not really sure to be honest.

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      jmartin1344 5 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      I am currently unemployed fresh out of college due to the dreaded "lack of experience" even though I'm overqualified for any other jobs. A complete mess!

      So i enjoyed looking at these! Nice hub!

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I'm so sorry you're in that situation. You're not the only one. I've had several different jobs since 2007 when I graduated from college. Unfortunately, I'm sure other people from your graduating class are in your same situation. Keep hanging in there.

      I'm glad you liked this! :)

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      5 years ago

      Anyway, my two cents' are: in days of unemployment, and when the body art industry is a growth area, and if it doesn't offend you and you're reasonably comfortable with it: while it may not be one's first choice, no need to close one's mind completely to work in this field.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the advice!

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      5 years ago

      YW. (smile)

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      5 years ago

      I guess, too, that it would depend on how long the unemployment lasted, the matter of how seriously you would consider some involvement with the greatly growing body art industry. (Receptionist only, maybe, or possibly also some body art skill training, too.)

      I do hope you find something soon, anyway.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, you're right. Thanks; me too.

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      5 years ago

      YW. Like, you'd rather not get into it, but if there's nothing else you might feel compelled to give it a try eventually, right?

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Perhaps; if I couldn't find anything else and the opportunity presented itself.

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      5 years ago

      Well, it's a growth industry. (But you might find that your mom would at first try to dissuade you, anyway.)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I'm sure I'll find something before I do that, but thank you.

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      5 years ago

      YW. Glad to know you're confident, anyway. :)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I'm trying to think positively, but it's not always easy.

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      5 years ago

      I understand. Keep praying. And I guess I would also say, don't completely close your mind to parlor work - a real growth area - in some capacity or other. (I realize that for you it might be a bit of a mental hurdle at first.)

      Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      PS: But don't do anything against your conscience.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Ok; will do.

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      5 years ago

      Remember, with all job hunting: the golden rule is, keep your options open!

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      That is very wise advice, f!

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      5 years ago

      How's your job hunt going, btw? how did your second interview go, recently

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      It seemed to go well, but I didn't get the job. :( It's back to the drawing board for me!

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      5 years ago

      Well, not to worry. Keep praying. Like I said, keep your options open. As long as it wouldn't go against your conscience after praying about it, you might not want to exclude the greatly growing body art industry as at least a possibility (especially since you already know a lot about it).

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Ok, thanks. At least I am making some money here at Hubpages. :) I will continue to walk through open doors that God leads me to.

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      5 years ago

      Sometimes God can lead through unexpected doors, right? (He has for me, anyway.)

      'Options open'!

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, He definitely has opened some interesting ones for me in the past. :)

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      5 years ago

      Exactly. Don't be surprised if He does so again. He never acts contrary to His Word. But God being God is so far greater than our understanding. Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      PS: Your recent job offer can be an encouragement in itself.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Those are such encouraging words and you are so right!

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      5 years ago

      Proves it's good to keep praying, too! Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Definitely :)

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      5 years ago

      So how's the tutoring going? has it meaningfully brought you out of unemployment now? Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      I haven't actually officially started tutoring yet. I've pretested all 5 students and I just found out today that I will definitely be tutoring those specific high schoolers. As soon as the materials from the company in Florida reach me by mail, I will set up the tutoring sessions and start instructing the students. I think I'm going to enjoy it and I will be busy enough. Since I'm living with my parents, I will be able to pay all of my bills. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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      5 years ago

      'Praise God from whom all blessings flow' ...'Praise Him all creatures here below'.

      Hope it goes well for you.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      Exactly! Thanks! :)

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      5 years ago

      YW and keep trusting and praying. Blessings.

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      5 years ago

      PS: How is your tutoring job going these days? I was wondering. Maybe it can sometimes go in busy and slack periods, depending on the students' circumstances, really. Blessings.

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