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I am in the midst of a job search that began in early November when I parted ways with a large corporation.  I am finding openings through the website Indeed.com which is sort of a search engine for jobs.  Some job openings have a long list of responsibilities which I read and re-read as I craft my cover letter.  As I write, I actually start to believe that I can do those things.  Then later, I wonder if I am bitting off more than I can chew.  Maybe I really can't do all those things, I say to myself.  However, the other side would be to apply for jobs that offer little challenge and no room for growth or change.  If I did that job, I am sure I would be asking myself regularly if this is all there is and if I had undersold myself.  So it becomes a question of taking on too much or settling for too little.  Where is the happy balance?  All that is to say, I don't want a quick exit to my next place of employment.

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Comment by Keith Kemp on December 1, 2011 at 10:06am

Thanks Dan for sharing your experience and thoughts.  Some days I can be very focused and get things accomplished in my search but other days I don't have much motivation to look.  Yes, it is possible that there are other opportunities available besides a regular j-o-b and I would welcome something new and fresh for earning income.

Comment by Dan Shafer on November 30, 2011 at 8:34pm

For what it is worth, I did the same thing this summer. From April to October, I searched for those jobs that were a little out of my reach, but I felt I was qualified for. I searched every day during that time and I applied to about 40 different positions. Out of those, I got 0 interviews, many rejection e-mails and much frustration. But, I have come to realize that I don't want to let someone else determine my career choices. I am now in the process of developing my own company and I am more excited than if I were hired for one of those other jobs. Good luck in your search, but is it possible that some other opportunity is available? One thing is for sure, job searches like yours can drain a man of nearly all motivation and creativity. I hope you find your calling soon.

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