Regrowth and the Job Hunt

I have this plant in my house (have no idea of its name because I am horticulturally challenged) that has been really beautiful — big broad leaves of green and white, just full and lush. It was a little unruly as the stems grew and hung over the edges of the pot, but it was a gorgeous plant, nonetheless.

One day, I found it cut down to its barest stems. Really, it looked… dead. When I asked my husband what on earth he had done to our plant, he said, “It was getting too big, so I cut everything off.” Before I could say anything, he added, “Don’t worry, it will grow back.” I was dubious, but my husband watered the plant, exposed it to the warm sun, and insisted that everything would be fine.

Plant regrowthAfter a few weeks, the tiniest of green could be seen starting to poke its way up out of one of the stems. Could that really be new growth? Yes, it definitely was, and the picture here was taken about a week and a half after that first bud was seen. The green of the new shoot is more vibrant than it was at first, and it almost seems to be bolder as it grows taller.

The journey of a job seeker is similar — you may have been going on day in and day out in your career, even experiencing many success but not really giving it much thought. And then the words came: “Your services are no longer necessary.” Everything positive that had been happening in your career seems to have been pruned off and thrown away.

For a time, it may seem like nothing is happening. But with perseverance and the nurturing that comes through critical support, the building of a solid résumé and an online presence, and working your network, small buds of progress will be seen. With the success of the efforts put forth comes the rebirth of confidence. You start to stand a little straighter, a little taller again. And you grow.

Then the day comes — someone recognizes what all you have to offer, and they give you the opportunity to flourish. It can take the form of a job offer, or it could be another prospect that allows you to showcase your talents. Regardless, you start to see the possibilities, and your dreams come closer to reality.

How long this process takes varies from person to person and situation to situation, but it comes down to your support system, materials to show your skills and accomplishments, and a good network. It will pay off.

How have these tools helped you grow in your job hunt?

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