65 Shades of Green in Today's Job Hunts

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March, the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, is the quintessential month of transitions – helping us all move from winter to spring. The most optimistic and fun part of March, likely without much debate, is St. Patrick's Day, March 17, the time when everyone can be Irish for a day and bask in the hopeful luck o' the Irish.

Irish philosophers, sometimes called poets and lyricists, bring a down-to-earth perspective to solving life's problems. This kind of perspective is most needed when job hunting and feeling blue about personal chances of finding success, so St. Patrick's Day can be a good time to consider personal transitions and how to improve your own job luck.

New jobs don't appear by magic, but from hard work and focused attention on possibilities. Still, even the most realistic of us will admit that job success, like leprechaun magic, is based on a wee bit 'o luck. The luck might be called "Green Luck" in honor of the Irish, and to improve your chances, it's smart to consider all the ways you can go green and which type of green serves you best. Here are a few to consider:Greenback Green: The first order of green in a job hunt is frequently money. People leave jobs to make more money, work to make any money, and frequently judge their success in both work and life by the amount of money they make.

Money is, of course, nice to have, but a job is much more than money. One person I know recently left a job because she wanted higher pay possibilities than the employer could offer. She is a perfect commissioned sales person who is only limited in the amount of green she can bring home by her own efforts.

The person who replaced her is much more interested in health benefits and job security. The new job is a blessing to her, while it felt like a potential trap to her predecessor. The amount and type of green offered in a job can vary greatly, and it's up to you to know what you value most or what you need out of a job at any time.

Evergreen: Primarily known as the color of pine trees, evergreen has come to mean staying fresh in the face of even the harshest of circumstances. When in a job hunt, or even when fully employed, it's always important to consider ways of staying fresh, or evergreen, in your field.

As one Irish saying goes:

" You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was."

The saying applies to more than height. Regardless of how successful your family and friends are, you're responsible for keeping your skills up to speed. Many employees make the mistake of waiting for an employer to pay for training or education, but in an evergreen world, each person has to take personal responsibility for staying relevant. If not, a lumberjack employer will surely cut you down (lay you off) to make room for new saplings.

Eco Green: For all the fields that are shrinking in today's economy, there are new fields opening up. One of the newer, more exciting ones is in the field of environmental sciences. The good news is that you don't have to be a scientist to get a job in the environmental field. From solar panel installers to people who want to preserve the oceans, and those who want to work lobbying for or against various climate-related causes, the array of eco jobs in today's world is surprisingly diverse. Check out ecoemploy.com to see just a few of them.

Envy Green: The worst kind of green to adopt when working or looking for employment is envy green. This happens to people who judge their job success by how the people around them are doing. Having a career is a personal journey, not a competitive race. The people who go into positions to please others or compete with siblings or parents are rarely happy in their working lives. Worse, this unhappiness can easily spill into personal lives, poisoning family and friend relationships as well as relationships with work colleagues. It's hard to succeed or feel successful when your world is colored with envy green. This is the time to take vacations, get therapy, or find ways to reflect on your own hard choices rather than the choices of others.

This March, as St. Patrick's day approaches, consider what shade of green may work best for you. There are lots of choices – far more than today's famous 50 shades of grey, or the three grey shades of a job hunt. Stumped? Try this one Wikipedia listing where 65 are easily listed without even tapping into Crayola colors. If you look hard enough, you can certainly find one or more green shades to inspire you this March in your job hunt. And regardless of whatever shade you choose, the key is to stay in the game, and continue having faith in yourself wherever life next takes you. As the Irish are known to say:

May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two
May the sun always shine on your windowpane
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain
May the hand of a friend always be near you
May life fill your heart with gladness to cheer you

Sláinte!
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