Unemployment really makes you struggle with your value and self-worth, especially as time passes.
It may seem like you should take any job that comes your way, it’s something I’ve struggled with during the process. I’ve applied to jobs that need way less experience than I have, pay way less than I was paid before. Through some convincing, I keep forcing myself to look at the bigger picture. I can’t just accept any old job, with any pay, at any location. Yes, times are tough, but this is my future career we’re talking about.
I’ve already been in a position where I was unhappy and employed, it was bad for my mental state. So if the hiring process is a little bit of a mess, I can already foresee what it will be like when I get the job. And that’s just something I can’t sign on to.
And salary really isn’t everything for me, but at one point I was considering a job that paid half of what I was making at my last job. HALF! And trust me, I was never making that much money to begin with.
I really have to force myself into a new perspective. I’m not just passing up every job that comes my way because I’m picky. In fact, I would probably be more likely to accept the first job that offered because of my imposter syndrome and hard time valuing myself. We have to value ourselves, our skills, and our time – because if we don’t, who will?