This Labor Day weekend was a strange one for me — with my being jobless and all. As always the three-day weekend marked the end to summer and the beginning of the unofficial fall season. To many it meant one last weekend of freedom before the start of another school year. To others it meant an extra day off work.
As my more fortunate friends headed back to college I tried to avoid Facebook, Twitter and any other forms of social networking. The last thing I needed, other than realizing that it was September and I was still jobless, was to see how much fun everyone else was having back at school.
Instead I caught up with some of my working friends and family. Seeing them complain about their work week made me feel guilty about my plans to go to the beach all weekend when I was already the most tan one among them. They made me contemplate what it was that I deserved a Labor Day weekend for. Did I currently live such a laborious lifestyle? After doing some hard thinking I came to the conclusion that, yes, I did.
While I got my hair cut today my hair stylist, Sue, said it best. “Looking for a job is a job within itself.” And nothing could be more true. I have been working extremely hard five days a week — sometimes even six or seven — looking for, applying to and interviewing for jobs. I am constantly thinking of ways to improve my resume and cover letter. I am constantly marketing myself and at the end of the day, frankly, I’m exhausted. Just because I work from home, using my phone and computer most of the time, and am able to fit in some sunbathing on the clock does not mean my job shouldn’t be taken seriously.
So when people ask me what I’m doing these days I am no longer going to be ashamed of saying “Oh, I’m just looking for a job.” Looking for a job is hard work. Especially in today’s economy. It’s slim pickings out there and I am not just sitting around waiting for something to fall into my lap. I have been doing everything in my power to make something happen for myself and its truly tough.
So I celebrated this Labor Day by putting my feet in the sand, because I deserved a break just like the rest of the working world. Today it was back to work for me. I just hope that someday soon my job comes with a salary to match my hard work.
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