Whether you are looking for a job, changing careers, becoming an entrepreneur, or beginning a new endeavor of any type, you're probably anxious to reach the end game.Where is the dream job!? Where is the income increase? Where is the promotion already!?? You've been working for it, you've had faith, and you have remained positive--but still--you haven't reached your goal. Now you're frustrated and becoming desperate-- thinking of lowering your standards. But, before you do that, let me ask you this-- what are you gaining during the process? Every journey is rich with educational moments. Here are 5 things you should learn during a lengthy job hunt.

1. What You Hate

If there is anything you will quickly learn while on a job hunt-- it's that what you thought you would like to do... may not be right for you. There was a time I thought I wanted to be a Marketing Assistant. I laid in my bed at night and dreamed of working at a large agency. I could picture myself wearing stylish business clothes and offering all these cool suggestions to the higher ups--which of course resulted in my promotion. I decided to go through a staffing agency, ultimately I obtained the coveted Marketing Assistant position. I spent my days functioning as a secretary, the majority of the time. And the days I performed my "marketing" duties, consisted of me making small changes to brochures and pamphlets. I despised it. There were no opportunities to write anything besides a telephone message. Thankfully, the position didn't convert to permanent. Note: There is nothing wrong with being a marketing assistant and I am certain different jobs seekers have different experiences and responsibilities while in this type of role. The point is, I discovered it wasn't for me. And even after I settled on the freelance writing and editing industry, I swiftly discovered that ghost writing (I rather bring my own vision to life), editing (grammatical errors annoy me too much to spend my career looking at them), and technical writing or product descriptions (not enough creative freedom) were not what I wanted to do with my life. If nothing else, you will learn tons about the direction you do NOT want to take your career.

2. Increased Software Knowledge

In preparation for job interviews and pitches to clients-- and the acceptance of a low paying contract position-- I self taught Microsoft Excel, Word Press, Hoop Suite, Social Report, and Smart Sheets. If it weren't for these interview preps (based on job description/requirements) and pursuits I would not have been aware of the existence of 3 out of the 5 platforms. Even though I didn't get the desired result-- getting a full time position-- I gained something far more valuable. The software knowledge belongs to me now. My tip: Always look under the Required/Preferred section on job boards. Anything you don't know, get to know-- at least the basics. Expanding your skill-set is always beneficial.

3. What a Commutable Distance Looks Like For You

If you're zealous in your job hunt, you have considered commuting long distances for employment. But once you burn all your gas, get stuck in traffic for 2 hours, spend toll road money you don't have, and/or ride 3 trains and a bus to go to the interview-- you may rethink what's reasonable for a 5 day per week commute. Putting over 100 miles on your car  daily can be quite the reality check. The correct opportunity, for you, will be sustainable.

4. Increased Skill Set

Every custom cover letter and writing sample you produce makes you a better writer. Every article you read with interviewing tips, makes you more strategic. Every interview you go to, transforms you into a more skilled interpersonal communicator. Every company you research, teaches you more about the business world. Get the point? You are always on the receiving end when you are pursuing your career. Think of every action as a seed planted, you will reap success in due season.

5. What You Love!!

When I stumbled into corporate blogging or blogging for companies, I wasn't aware of the niche. I knew companies had blogs, but I never asked myself who wrote those blogs. Let me back up. I used the keyword "communication" (I have a degree in mass communication) on Indeed daily. Copywriter positions began populating in my search. Many of them required tons of experience and strategic marketing know-how, but there was an opening a few towns over from my residence--at a startup--with a staff of 8. After my first week, I was given the name of a client and told to write 10 blogs related to the client. I didn't even know where to start, and I loved it. From the research to the actual blog writing, I felt alive, purposeful, and joyful. Writing blogs for clients isn't traditional copywriting, but that particular company felt it was--which was to my benefit. I went from looking for any job I qualified for (involving communication)-- to focusing on copy writing-- to becoming a professional blogger. I love what I do. And I never would have gotten here had I gave up, settled for an un-fulling job, or let discouragement over take me. Keep going, you'll find it!!

Alright I'm done :-)

K. Gordon

K. Gordon

Published by Kamesha Hayes