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Do you remember the dot com crash in 2000? And, do you remember the mortgage crisis in 2008? When those devastating events occurred, it felt like things might never turn around. Finding a job felt impossible. And, if you had one, you may have felt stuck. There weren’t many options. I remember friends who both could not find a job, but who could not sell their home. The stress was high all the way around.

When you’re in the middle of a difficult time, it’s hard to picture a different reality. It can feel hopeless. Hard times can bring up feelings of fear and desperation. We may feel paralyzed. Job searching can feel like an impossible task.

But, after events such as the dot com crash passed, we don’t think about it too much anymore. It’s so far in the past that at times, we may forget that it ever happened. Additionally, if you were lucky enough to be in a good situation during tough times, you may not have felt their economic impact.

One hopeful statistic to remember is that economic downturns have historically lasted anywhere from six months to eighteen months. Although this length of time is certainly not nothing, it is not as long as it feels in the moment. And, there is an end to the pain. In addition, companies can sometimes be slow to change just before a presidential election – another event with an endpoint.

In other words, if you are going through a difficult time, just remember that it’s not permanent. It’s not a reflection of who you are, or what you are capable of. It’s not the sign of the end of your career, or of what’s to come in the future. Many very talented people are going through tough times at this moment. Often, these tough times are a reflection of things outside of your control, despite how they feel in the moment.

In fact, the reverse is also true. Many of the billionaires we admire are not only talented, but they also had good timing. For example, imagine if Bill Gates hadn’t started using computers until the 90s. Or, imagine if Mark Zuckerberg were just finishing college today. They likely would have missed their window of success, despite how smart they might be.

During this tough time, give yourself a break. It’s natural to feel discouraged, and it makes sense to feel upset.

Do your best to influence what you can control. Prepare for the future, when things will be more calm and fruitful. This may mean updating your resume. It may mean getting involved in community organizations. It might even mean taking the time to work with a therapist or a career coach.

Take care of yourself, so that when things naturally turn around, you’ll be ready. And, remember, things will turn around. The economy will get better. The job market will improve. You will be okay.

I hope these tips have helped you. Visit to find more tips to improve your job search. If I can be of assistance to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to me here.

Also, be sure to subscribe to my Copeland Coaching Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher where I discuss career advice every Tuesday! If you’ve already heard the podcast and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review in iTunes or Stitcher.

Happy hunting!

Angela Copeland


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