“I’ve done sh*t that matters…”
It’s frustrating at times.
Doesn’t matter if you are working, looking for work, transitioning, laid-off, and under-employed, trying to get a promotion or starting a business. It’s tough out there and many times you just want to give up and do what’s comfortable. That means you want to do just enough to get by or the same thing you’ve been doing for years. But there is a part of you that just wants to do something fulfilling.
Life is hard.
Recently while recuperating from an injury I found myself with a bunch of time on my hands. Some of the time was spent moping, some of it sulking, some of it was spent pumping my fist to the heavens and asking “Why me?” In addition to the pity party, I did some self-evaluation and soul searching. After reflecting on the past couple of years I realized things are getting better and for that I’m thankful. I’ve gone from being unemployed and laid off to an HR Consultant.
While resting and watching a movie, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” there is a scene where Sam, one of the human characters, is interviewing for a job and after being frustrated with the interview process, he tells one of the interviewers “I’ve done shit that matters and I kinda want to do something that matters again.” Now TF is not known for great acting, it’s a sci-fi action fantasy movie with more artificial enhancements than Joan Rivers’ face, but that line is absolutely real. Everyone reading this article can relate to it.
I’ve worked bad jobs in the past, performed unsatisfying job duties and wasted time while at work. When working with job seekers or aspiring entrepreneurs every one of them, without fail, mentions that they want to feel good about what they are doing.
I love doing stuff that matters. And HR is that stuff for me. From writing policy manuals, developing social media strategies, writing resumes, offering career advice and interview tips. Learning the new trends and technology of human resources is all challenging to me.
Helping people get back to work after long lay-offs, find careers that they truly enjoy, make more money than they have ever made in their lives, developed business plans, instill confidence and understand how to stand out in the job market, matters. And I’ve loved every minute of it. Looking ahead to new opportunities I just want to do shit that matters…what’s wrong with that?