There Need Be ONLY ONE …

Yeah, going for a whole Highlander thing there with the pic and the title, but, seriously, a variation of this has become something of a mantra as my job search has dragged on … “It only takes one, it only takes One, it only takes ONE!” … I'm not looking for a lot of jobs, just ONE. Just one.

Of course, churning out dozens, hundreds (heck, at this point I'm sure I've gotten out over a thousand) of resumes in the past 3 years, and having no job to show for my endless, soul-crushing, life-draining efforts (including massive amounts of research, going to 2-4 networking events a week, writing this blog, etc., etc., etc.), is pretty damn depressing. But …

It only takes ONE “yes” and I'll be employed again.

A friend tweeted on Friday “It's amazing what employment & a paycheck will do for your spirits.” and the opposite is certainly true … how low, how hopeless, how pointless, how much a FAILURE one feels in the long-term job search. Every day I have to look at my kids and realize what a massively sucky childhood they're having compared to the way “it should have been”  had Daddy been gainfully employed as a PR executive all this time … it makes me sick with guilt … every single day.

Still … “It only takes one, it only takes One, it only takes ONE!” … and so I slog back into the Sisyphean grind, hoping that by sheer willed effort I can force the universe to cough up a job.

I suppose it should help, but the thought that I'm only one of millions of people whose lives have been irreparably screwed up by this economy, really doesn't. But maybe my venting about it in here will help you feel less alone, less like it's just you the world is trying to crush like a cockroach … I hope it helps.

Speaking of things that I hope help you, here's this week's load of links ...

What to Do When You Are Told: “You’re Over-Qualified”

3 Most Important Things to Do in a Job Interview

How and why to sweat the small stuff

INFOGRAPHIC: Recruiters Aren't Using Facebook And Twitter

10 Tips For Beating Long-Term Unemployment

Love Thyself: Why Narcissists Ace Job Interviews

80% of today’s jobs are landed through networking

What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume

Top 100 Most Powerful Resume Words

Job Lies - Five Things They Tell You ...

Don’t Be THAT Guy in Your Job Interviews!

GET HIRED! WHAT EVERYONE WANTS IS A GOOD JOB

Of course, in the words of the great Ron Popeil “But wait, there's more!”, it wouldn't be a weekly link dump without the new links ending up merged into the ever-growing The Job Stalker e-book of job search links, now at a whopping 54 pages of informative webby goodness … which can be snagged by clicking here: TJS-LinkList-120420.pdf

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