After I was freed, I went back to my previous workplace to clarify the truth about Falun Dafa to members of management and to my former co-workers. They all agreed that the government was wrong to oppress Falun Dafa practitioners. But due to tremendous pressure from the government, my former boss was too afraid to rehire me. I submitted my resume to several small, privately owned companies. All of them wanted to hire me because of my educational background. However, they offered me low salaries. I realized that Falun Dafa practitioners deserve reasonable salaries since they work very hard and have good hearts; for a long time, the dark minions have been economically persecuting practitioners, and I understood that I should negate this situation. Subsequently, when I went to another small company to apply for a position, they accepted my salary request, and they gave me a starting date. But after I returned home, I received a phone call from them, telling me that they had decided not to hire me.
I asked why. The company owner said: "After you left, we had a discussion. We felt that you're over qualified for a small company like us. You may not stay here long. Why don't you try some larger companies?" His words made me think. Looking back at my recent job-hunting experience, I started to see what my problems were. Very quickly, I figured out where I did not do so well:
1. I didn't apply for a job in big companies because I thought I might be more "noticeable" in a large company. I wanted just to work for a small, inconspicuous company. The dark minions persecuting me made use of my fear of enduring more persecution. I am capable of doing a good job; why should I not look for a good job?
2. I was well known for outstanding job performance within my line of work. I received lots of compliments about my work. I began to have attachments of zealotry. Teacher said in Zhuan Falun (1):
"In other matters and in the course of cultivation practice, one should be sure to not develop the attachment of zealotry--this mentality can be very easily taken advantage of by demons."
3. My resume was well received, and this encouraged my attachments of showing off. Teacher also said in Zhuan Falun:
"Showing off itself is a very strong attachment and a very bad attachment that a practitioner must relinquish."
After I rectified my mindset, the next morning I went to apply for a job at a big company. I passed the exam and was hired with good pay and benefits.
(1) The book, Zhuan Falun, comprises the principal teachings of Falun Dafa.