Finding a Job - Why Do You Want to Work

Robin Cunningham Health Guide

    In my blog "Finding and Keeping a Job" which was posted on July 13, 2008, [Ctrl+Click to see this blog] we talked about the fact that in recovery it is often best if we measure our functionality in relative terms, i.e. How did we do today in comparison with the day before?  We also discussed the fact that for society it is necessary to measure functionality in absolute terms, for example: Is the airline employee piloting the plane on which I'm riding certified to fly the type of airplane being used?  Either the person is, or is not, certified.  If the pilot is not certified, I would take a different flight.

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    In my blog "The 800 Pound Gorilla" which was posted on July 20/21 of July, 2008, [Ctrl+Click to see this blog] we talked about the fact that, whether or not it is discussed in our job interview(s), economics is always an important issue in finding the right job.  It is an issue that we cannot ignore.


    In my blog "Finding a Job - Critical Answers" which was posted last week on July 27, 2008, [Ctrl+Click to see this blog] we discussed the fact that a successful job search always starts with a little soul searching; that one of the best ways to do this is to ask ourselves a few pointed questions; and, finally, that the nature of our answers to these questions is critical.


    First, our answers to these questions must be our own, i.e. they must be honest answers (not what someone else believes about us or wants for us).  Second, the answers must reflect our dreams and yet be realistic.  Third, each answer must take into account our tolerance for risk.  We must explicitly weigh the value and cost of obtaining and performing a specific job, including the cost of what we may have to give up, in contrast with the costs of having no job.


    I also warned that although the questions may seem simple enough, if our answers are to meet the above criteria, these may be anything but simple.


    Question #1 - Why do you want to find a job, i.e. why do you want to work?


    [Instructions: Select all, but only, the reasons that apply in your case.  Make each of your selections by marking it with a number from 1 to 10.  Marking a selection with a 10 indicates the reason selected is of great importance; marking it with a 1 indicates the selection is of concern to you but of relatively little importance.  Different reasons may be of equal importance, so more than one selection may be marked using the same number.]


    Economic Goals:

    ____You need the money to -

           ____ Establish your financial independence.

           ____ Obtain better housing

           ____ Pay for medications

           ____ Cover medical expenses.

           ____ Cover day to day living expenses.

           ____ Supplement entitlement income [Please circle one -    SSI    or    SSDI    ]

           ____ Do more of the things you want to do.

           ____ Buy more of the things you would like to own.

           ____ Support your family.

  •        ____ Other. [Describe]_________________________________________________

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    Recovery Goals:

    ____ Further Your Recovery

           ____ You want to reach a new plateau in your recovery - .

           ____ Invigorate your relationships with others through work.

           ____ Practice and strengthen new coping skills.

           ____ Rebuild relationships with estranged family members and old friends.

           ____ Form new relationships - personal and professional

           ____ Lay the groundwork for future career goals.

           ____ Your family thinks you need to assume some "responsibility."

           ____ Your therapist has advised you that "the time is right."

           ____ Other. [Describe]_________________________________________________




    Personal Goals:

    ____ You want to get back into the workforce with the objective of -

           ____ Making new friends with similar career goals.

           ____ Dating others with similar education and work experience.

           ____ Finding a significant other with similar interests.

           ____ Finding a life partner.

           ____ Finding a future spouse

           ____ Other. [Describe]_________________________________________________




    Career Goals:

    ____ You want to further your long term career goals -

           ____ Build your credibility as a reliable and productive worker.

           ____ Resume a career interrupted by your illness.

           ____ Get back up to speed in matters related to your chosen career.

           ____ Bridge the gaps in your resume.

           ____ Meet others who have similar career interests.

           ____ Find and learn from others whose careers have been interrupted by illness

           ____ Find a career mentor.

           ____ Other. [Describe]_________________________________________________




    [If you have any ideas concerning additional reasons for seeking a job, please include them in a comment on this blog or e-mail these to me at]


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    Please remember, this writing reflects my own experience and opinions.  If you, or a loved one, are experiencing the symptoms of schizophrenia, or any other mental illness, you should seek professional assistance.


Published On: August 05, 2008