Thanksgiving is just days away, with its opportunity to spend meaningful moments with family and close friends. If we take out the time to think about it (and we should), we can likely find many things to be thankful for in our lives, even with all of its ups and downs.

Among the things we can appreciate is the current unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, which means there are a lot of people who are employed. Even if your job isn’t perfect, there are many reasons to be grateful for being employed.

Income – Your job allows you to bring home money that helps you put food on the table, a roof over your head and pay your bills.

Social Interaction – Your job allows you to be able to interact with people, and if you are lucky enough to enjoy the company of your co-workers, it may even contribute to your social life. (Happy hour anyone?!)

Skill Development – Your employer provides you with paid, on-the-job training, which is a great way to sharpen your skills and build experience.

Benefits – Your job offers certain perks (medical insurance, vacation leave, 401K, etc.) that enable you to take care of yourself and your family.

Resume Builder – Your current position helps to make you more employable in the future. Everyone knows it is easier to get a new job when you already have one.

So during this holiday season, being thankful for good health, loving friends and family is only a start. Also think about being appreciative for your job, your co-workers and, of course, your paycheck.

Now, go out and find ways to express your gratitude!

Whether you are new to the job market or a seasoned professional, the JCS Career Center helps you sharpen the tools you need to succeed. Our professional staff provide job seekers of all abilities and skill levels with customized services including career coaching, resume and cover letter services, interview preparation, job readiness training, vocational rehabilitation and job placement assistance.

For information, call 410-466-9200 or visit jcsbalt.org.

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