Intro: 31 Days of Joy Filled Job Searching


It is October and time for another round of Write31Days.

I was not going to do it this year as writing for 31 days is draining (now that’s a heck of a statement for someone to make who started out blogging EVERY day.)

But then the training program I was in ended and there were only 3 positions open and 5 trainees, so here I am back in the unemployment line.

Combining job searching with Write31Days seemed like a good idea. My purpose for this series is to

  • inspire other widows and anyone else making over their career to keep at it
  • educate those not seeking employment what it is like to conduct a job search

but most importantly it seemed like a good way to prove to myself and others there is joy in a job search. (egads!)

Who Is Michele Anyway? 

For those of you new here, my name is Michele Kearns and I experienced sudden widowhood 8 years ago when my husband Joe moved to heaven.

Then the collections department I was working in, at a major bank, went through a reorganization and I ended up in the unemployment line for the first time in 13 1/2 years. That was 7 years ago – exactly 1 year after Joe’s move.

Seizing Opportunities

In the last 7 years I seized the opportunity to try new positions – loan officer, freelance writing, insurance claims entry and yard equipment part sales. However, blogging is the area in which I am the most successful. I started this blog in 2011 and OgleOhio (my photography blog) in 2012. (OgleOhio is also participating in Write31Days – 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio.)


My background includes retail sales, banking, collections, customer service, call centers, insurance, and social media industries. I am a bookworm and love learning different businesses, which is how I ended up with such a diverse career background.

What You Can Expect In The Next 31 Days? 

You will get daily posts about the joy of job searching.  The posts will be abbreviated  31DJFJS and topics covered will vary, in fact I have not even finalized topic list yet.

Each post will enlighten and encourage you about what you have to do when job searching. Well, I don’t know about “encouraging” you but they will definitely enlighten you.

Foundation For Joy In Job Searching

Filling my job search with job requires giving thanks because thanksgiving is the foundation of joy. The more you give thanks the more joy in your life.

Here is the first item on my Job Search Joy list:

#1 The physical and mental ability to do a job search.

I get to job search everyday.

There are people who want to but for some reason or another are not able to job search. Then there are people who want to job search but do not have the guts to learn and do what it takes to find a job in today’s market. They would rather sit at their desk and moan and groan about their lousy job.

Your Invitation

Consider this your invitation to join me over the next 31 days as I job search. By the way, while it would be wonderful to land a job in the next 31 days, there is no guarantee that will happen.

What I will guarantee is the next 31 days will be an interesting adventure and hopefully filled with lots of joy.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She encourages widows and educates society by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, insurance, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can view her photographs at OgleOhio.com, her photography blog, because one blog is not enough.




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