Woodruff and Colleagues

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I once met a client, as usual, in the main office.  I greeted them, and asked, as usual, to follow me to my office, which was one floor above.  The staircase to my office was circular, and as I led the client up, I found myself feeling the need to rush, feeling a bit anxious.  When we arrived at the office, and as soon as I led this client in, I said, “You are desperate.”.  The client acknowledged this indicating they needed work, they needed money, their spouse was not well, and the baby was sick needing medication.  Have you ever felt that negative energy being exerted by another person?  I mean, have you ever felt it so strong that it caused anxiety in you?  If you have, you know that a potential employer only wants to get away from this person.  They don’t want to even consider hiring a person that is desperate.


Merriam-Webster defines desperation as an “utter loss of hope”[1].  It’s no surprise, then, that potential employers want nothing to do with the person who is desperate.  How unfortunate that when we need the work the most, no one will hire us.  There is really only one way to alleviate the feeling of desperation and that is to get a job.  Any job.  Take the pressure off by taking a position that will not only provide you with some money but may even allow you to get your mind off your situation.  Some people get stuck thinking they must only take a job that their experience and education warrants when they actually need to just get a job to pay the bills.  Work provides us with a wage, but it also builds self-esteem, confidence, and hope.  I suggested to my client that they connect with a therapist (there are some available where the fee is covered by a third party), talk to their financial advisors (banks will often try to work with people in difficult times), and get out there and just get a job.  Once the pressure is off, a person can start to look for work that is more fulfilling and in line with their experience and education.


Don’t let anxiety turn to desperation.  Practice awareness of your emotions, and when you feel the slightest bit anxious, these strategies may assist you in calming yourself.


[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/despair, January 24, 2019


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