>> Sunday, August 19, 2012
As'alamo alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barkatoo,Little aunties, I need your advice. I have been searching for a job for a long time now and I still have not gotten one. Being stuck at home all day has really gotten me down. I feel like my days mix into each other and I don't know which day it is anymore. To be honest, I dread even opening my facebook anymore. While my friends put up their accomplishments on facebook and show their pictures at their work, I'm still in my house, all day, in pajamas. And the worst thing is that when I finally do get an interview, I always mess up and get really nervous. I’m starting to really get depressed and hopeless about this. Is there some kind of dua I can say to get a job? I hope you can help me somehow.Lookin'For Work
“I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” — Thomas Edison
- Make sure your CV is up to date and easy to read. Read tips on how to have an attractive CV and cover letter.
- Watch videos and read links on how to ace a job interview. And then, actually practice job interviews. When I say “practice”, I literally mean practice. Ask a friend/family relative to act like an interviewer. Also, interview yourself several times and video tape it. Analyze what you can improve.
- Write down good answers to the questions that usually throw you off during interviews. For example, how do you answer someone saying “Tell me about yourself”? Sit down and PREPARE good answers for such questions.
- Take courses and certificates, sign up for extra classes, attend conventions that have to do with your field of study and even ones that don’t have to, and do some training somewhere. Say, for example, you want to be a teacher. Look for teaching courses and also other things like “computer courses”. The more skills you have, the more unique and valuable you are. And of course, the more qualified you are for the job you’re applying, the better.
- Volunteer somewhere. Again, this could be related or unrelated to the field you want to work in.
- Network: this is key. As an employee, I know that my boss has asked me several times if I could recommend anyone. Bosses prefer people who are “referred” to them by people they trust. That’s why it’s important that you maintain your friendships and broaden your circle of acquaintances. Make sure the people around you know that you are looking for a job (your neighbors, relatives, friends, colleagues, former professors, etc.). Send your CV to your relatives and ask them to keep it with them and if they know somebody who is looking to hire, to give it to them.
- Search for “new” places opening up that need people. Remember the teacher example we gave earlier? Continuing with that example, if you wanted to teach somewhere, you should try searching for a new school that is still trying to establish itself. New places usually have more vacancies than older ones and less requirements/ less qualifications needed.
“I [Nooh] said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft‑Forgiving; ‘He will send rain to you in abundance, ‘And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers”[Nooh 71:10-12].And Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And (commanding you): “Seek the forgiveness of your Lord, and turn to Him in repentance, that He may grant you good enjoyment, for a term appointed, and bestow His abounding Grace to every owner of grace …Hood 11:3].
"And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allâh, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allâh will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allâh has set a measure for all things."
“If you trust Allah with right kind of Tawakkul, He will provide you sustenance as He provides for the birds – they go out in the morning with empty stomachs and come back in the evening with full stomachs.” (Hadith in Al-Tirmidhi)
What about the depression and loneliness?