What is Endurance? Endurance is the ability to endure an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way. It is the power to withstand something challenging; the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity. Breaking the word down the noun, endure means to “suffer or undergo”, and the suffix-ance means “the state of.”
Life itself requires endurance. We must constantly navigate challenges in both our personal and work lives. The utmost important thing to remember is to KEEP TRYING, AND NOT GIVE UP. With a positive attitude even the most difficult situations can be overcome.
Here are some simple tips to assist with endurance when looking for work, keeping your job or if you experience homelessness:
Endurance in Job Searching
- Don’t rely on one means of job searching as there are many ways to job search: set up profiles on Seek, Indeed, CareerOne and Jora with your current resume uploaded to the site; look on social media sites for your local area and see if anywhere is hiring; register with an Employment Services provider, labour hire and temping agencies; cold canvas businesses for potential opportunities; speak to family and friends regarding possible vacancies at their work; be resourceful and even develop your own ways of getting an employer’s attention.
- Be committed and remain focussed. Finding employment is not an easy or quick process. You need to hang in there through the “no interest from employers”, the “never getting past the interview stage”, and the “your application has been unsuccessful” rejection. Focus on the positive that there is a job out there for you and the outcome once you land that job.
- Request feedback from businesses on your application in an effort to improve your chances in the future. Accept constructive criticism openly and work on areas that have been identified as needing improvement.
Endurance in Keeping Employment
- Be diligent in learning your role. Ask questions if you are unsure on the procedure or what is required of you, and ask for feedback from your supervisor/manager on your performance to gauge progress.
- Learn about your employer and the business operations. This shows an employer you are interested in the business and that your role is important to you, it’s not just a pay cheque at the end of the week.
- Be open to training opportunities at work to improve your skill set.
- Show enthusiasm and commitment. Always turn up on time for work and be happy in your job, and take pride in your work.
- Contribute when at work. Involve yourself in committees where possible, contribute ideas on ways to improve the procedures/work environment.
Endurance During Homelessness
- Don’t be afraid to reach out for help during times of hardship. There is always someone who can offer support and assist you to get back on your feet.
- Know who to call for support in your state:
- 24Hr Homeless Hotline: 1800 474 753
- 24Hr Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
- 24Hr Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14
- Queensland Dept of Housing: 1800 451 139
- Salvation Army: 13 72 58
- St Vincent De Paul: 1800 846 643
- Remain positive, don’t give up on life or yourself. Keep going, persevere in achieving small steps at a time as they lead to big steps and the end goal of achieving safe, secure and affordable accommodation.
- Set goals for yourself and reward yourself when you achieve each goal.
Endurance is related to stamina, resilience and fortitude. Remember – never give up, keep trying no matter how hard the challenges appear, stay positive and you can achieve anything.
Quote: “Scars are not signs of weakness, they are signs of survival and endurance” – Rodney A. Winters.