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A Company of OneInsecurity, Independence, and the New World of White-Collar Unemployment$
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Carrie M. Lane

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449642

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449642.001.0001

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The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Have

The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Have

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(p.62) 3 The Hardest Job You’ll Ever Have
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A Company of One
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Carrie M. Lane

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449642.003.0004

According to the tenets of career management, all work is temporary, and a career is culled together through a variety of positions—short term and long, full time and part time, entrepreneurial and working for someone else. Following their layoffs many job seekers earned money in various ways—sometimes using their professional skills, sometimes not—while still describing themselves as unemployed and looking for work. This chapter describes a typical day for job seekers and how they managed their time and their emotions as their job searches wore on. It considers how they go about looking for work—their frustrations with online job searching; struggles with depression, isolation, and discouragement; and the specific strategies they employ for finding leads, marketing themselves to potential employers, and maintaining their self-esteem and positive outlook in the meantime.

Keywords:   job search, job seekers, unemployed, career management, job hunting

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