During my tenure as a career coach, some of my most memorable and moving conversations have been with job seekers who are also survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. These candidates were always able to maintain a healthy perspective regarding their job search and it was fueled by the harsh reality of that fateful day when they narrowly escaped death. Recognizing that job loss, while no picnic, was not the worst possible thing that could happen to them, they gained strength, optimism, and an incredible drive to move forward that is not only a testament to the human spirit, but to the spirit of New York City and this country as well.
If you find yourself in a job search on September 11 and beyond, remember this. Job loss is a temporary situation and it will change. There is an employer out there that is the right fit for you. You will find employment and you can thrive in a new company and/or new career. A job is replaceable. Family and friends are not.