A client contacted me recently and told me she had multiple job offers even after she accepted her new position. Wow! Wonderful! The resume I wrote for her got plenty of attention and results!
Then she told me the back story. She became my client in mid-January, after being laid off in December from a position she had for more than 18 years.
The resume went together well and we showcased some great accomplishments. She told stories well and we had a specific target for her search and we also positioned the resume to be multi-functional so she could apply for other similar opportunities in her field. At the time, she seemed to grasp the concept of networking.
Then I didn’t hear from her until a few weeks ago. After she met with me initially in January, she struggled. Buoyant when she left, later when she didn’t have instantaneous results, she wondered if she made a mistake investing in a professional resume when she had other bills to pay.
The impact of losing the job after so many years of playing a major role with her organization hit her hard. Depression set in and just as the commercials depict, she detached from reality. A highly attractive individual with high standards both personally and professionally, noted as one who prided herself on clean living spaces, she let everything dissolve as she hardly dragged herself out of bed in the morning and found it hard to shower or do laundry.
She wondered if she would ever find another job
She felt like many job seekers feel, especially after a successful career where they felt valued and a critical part of their organization’s mission and successes. Facing the dismal economic conditions that have plagued the United States and much of the world since late 2007, she wondered if she would ever find another job. Family members worried about her but she retreated.
Reach out and call someone
Had she called me in February when she was feeling so blue, I would have told her that she was not so different from other job seekers. I would have told her that even I as a business owner feel that way sometimes when the phone doesn’t ring and e-mails don’t fill my box.
She did snap out of it and started making contacts and soon she was back in the work force and still getting results from the contacts she made earlier. But I was reminded how often we don’t know the signs of someone who is depressed.
When you are struggling with those feelings, you do need to reach out and call someone and let them know. Sometimes the person struggling may not be able to make the call. If you have a family member or friend fighting depression, they may not rebound on their own like my client did.
Jason Alba’s popular post, Depression Clouds Everything describes how he felt as a job seeker in the early days after he lost his job. He said:
“but day after day, the rejection, the self-doubt, all the bad stuff that happens when your world is turned upside down, the emotions where clouding things. Judgment was clouded, because I was desperate. Performance was clouded because I was scared. I certainly wasn’t used to dealing with these emotions, especially week after week.”
Jason gives an extensive list of resources in his post: Job Search Depression.
This economy has been hard on us all, job seekers and business owners alike. Recovery is slow and challenging but with the right strategies and career marketing materials, job seekers are going back to work.
Don’t let depression take over your life, make a positive step to reach out!