Mindfulness for Job Seekers

“Mindfulness for Job Seekers” was the name of a six-week workshop recently offered at the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) of the New York Public Library in New York City. The workshop was described as follows:

“Learn mindfulness techniques that bring relaxation and effortless focus to challenging situations and relationships. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing full, nonjudgmental awareness to the present moment. The struggle of searching for a job can be overwhelming at times. See if the practice of mindfulness meditation and some easy to use on-the-spot techniques can help you during these challenging times.”

The Instructor, Laura Jackson, is a UCLA-trained mindfulness facilitator and has been practicing Zen meditation for over 12 years.

I learned about the workshop a little late so was only able to attend sessions 4, 5, and 6. The workshop concluded on November 15th. I was interested in the workshop because I thought my program could provide a similar workshop for the women we serve. The workshop was so impactful for me, that I knew it would be of benefit to others.

In this post, I will briefly share some of the takeaways from the fourth session. My next blog posts will cover the fifth week and the final, sixth week of the workshop.

During the fourth session, Laura shared an insightful You Tube video called “Trust in Life and You Will See,” by Mooji, a spiritual teacher from Jamaica.
“Trust in Life” is the story of a king and his wise counselor. The theme of the video is that we cannot rush to judgment about any situation because we do not know how things will turn out. I was personally moved by the video because I thought about times in my career when I was not selected for a certain job and then later felt thankful.

Last year, I interviewed for a position that I was sure would be offered to me. Imagine my surprise when I received a rejection letter instead! That turned out to be a good thing, because it paved the way for me to accept my current position as a Career Mentor Program Coordinator, which I absolutely love! I later learned that the position I was turned down for was a revolving door position no one really wanted. Had it been offered to me, I might have taken the job and been very miserable!

Our instructor Laura also talked about the importance of job seekers trusting and believing in themselves. She said that when engaging in networking or being interviewed for a job, the job seeker should breathe and trust that the right words for the situation will come. Laura emphasized that the human connection involved in job seeking is what matters most. She told the job seekers to remember that during these uncertain times, the interviewer is just as vulnerable as they are, as that person could suddenly lose his or her job.

After attending this workshop session, I knew I had to come back. In my next post, I will discuss session 5 of the “Mindfulness for Job Seekers” workshop.

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