13 Maya Angelou quotes to get you through your jobhunt

We lost a wonderful lady yesterday. As I read through some of her wise, witty and wonderful words, I realised I really could have used her during my jobhunt. So here are a few quotes to get you through…


When sadness is winning:
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

When you look at someone ahead of you in their career and decide you’re massively inferior:
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

When a fellow jobseeker is feeling lower than you:
“Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.”

When you’re afraid nothing will ever change:
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

When you lose sight of other things that are important, besides whether or not you get a job this year:
“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.”

When you get another rejection:
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

When Ukip tell you immigrants are taking your jobs:
“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.”

When you’re trying to be what you think an organisation wants:
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

When you want to give up looking:
“Nothing will work unless you do.”

When you’re miserable and failing to style it out:
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”

When you’re worried about first impressions at an interview:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

When an employer demands everything you have:
“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

When you’re politely waiting your turn to be noticed:
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

3 thoughts on “13 Maya Angelou quotes to get you through your jobhunt

    • Wasn’t she wonderful? I never thought to turn to her work during my jobhunt. I frantically searched for anything comedians were saying. Comedians are the ones I consult, generally, but I really could have used her during those dark times.

      • She’s absolutely wonderful. I am really grateful you shared this with us. I’m having a pretty tough time finding anything and I know there are others having an equally tough time. Her words are a big boost =)

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