How to Stay Positive During the Job Search

Nov 09 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

Everyone says to stay positive. But staying upbeat and happy go lucky during a job search can be challenging. Really challenging. In fact, it is especially as the time goes on and on and your luck is running dry. Yet, a positive attitude helps you land a job.

As Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

Of course, this is easier said than done. Unless, of course, you have a plan in place for success. With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to stay motivated and maintain your enthusiasm during your job search.

Eyes on the Prize

Instead of obsessing over every missed opportunity, keep your eyes on your goal. You want to win the war, not the battle. And each stop along the way to achieving your dreams is an opportunity. Learn from it. Embrace it. And above all, stay focused on the end-game. You left your old job for a reason. Remember what that was and envision your life once you find that happier, better place and then make it happen. Dream it and do it.

Positive Thinking; Positive People

A simple smile or laugh can work wonders on your mental health. Yes, thinking positive can be difficult, which is why mindfulness is important. Practice meditation techniques and other exercises that can filter out the negative and keep you in a positive place. Externally, you want to surround yourself with positive people that encourage you and cheer you on along the way. These internal and external forces working together can help you overcome any obstacles along the way and keep you motivated.

Set Acheivable Goals & Act on Them

While your end goal is established, make small goals along the way to ensure success. Network and reach out to people you know within your industry. Take advantage of social media, particularly job related platforms like LinkedIn. Take some time to develop your brand.

Once you have these goals listed, start knocking them off one by one. Celebrate each and every achievement made. You will feel accomplished—as you should, and ultimately, you will feel more in control of your life and your future.

 

 

 

 

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Need a Job? Check Your Attitude.

Jun 22 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

Attitude is everything, at least that is what they say. And really, it’s true. It’s true in your interpersonal relationships and it’s true at work. In fact, your attitude can be the catalyst for success or the cause of your defeat.

A recent study revealed that almost half of all new hires (46%) failed within the first month. Why, you ask? Not because of their lack of skill, but because of their job attitude.

Yes, you read that right. Almost half of all new hires fail because they need an attitude adjustment.

Sometimes, your attitude even prevents you from getting a job in the first place. Whether it’s before or after the hire, here are three things you can change to help change your attitude and/or what others perceive it to be.

Dress

How you dress is an expression of you, but what do your clothes say about you? Look at the office work culture and dress for success. Pay attention to grooming and personal hygiene and dress for success. Take pride in your appearance to show future or present coworkers that you also take pride in your work.

Smile

You don’t have to be super duper happy all the time. In fact, you shouldn’t come off like you’re faking you’re enthusiasm. Yes, we all have bad days and we aren’t always the happiest of happy, but an interview and/or the workplace isn’t the time to dwell in unhappiness or anger. A little smile can go a long way.

Manners

Mind your manners. Say please, say thank you. This is said often, but it can’t be emphasized enough. Your manners help others around you feel more comfortable and appreciated. You’ll be more approachable and gracious and your attitude will appear positive and far from in need of adjustment.

A poor attitude will keep you from getting the job you want (or need) and keep you from realizing your potential. Don’t let it. Be proactive. Think positive. The future is yours.

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Find a Job Outside of Job Posting Sites

Jun 08 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

When you’re out of work, the job search can be exhausting. Even if you were thrilled to leave your last job behind you, looking for a job can take its toll as it drags on. Before you give up, take a deep breath and reinvent your job search.

Remember: ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’

If traditional job posting sites just aren’t working for you, here’s what you need to do.

List & Research

Begin your break from the land of job postings by making a list of ideal companies within your area. You don’t want to start with a huge list. Instead, zone in on less than 5 companies that you’d love to work for.

After your list is made, research the company. Go to their website. Go to their LinkedIn profile. Find out their goals. Find out what they’ve done lately. Find out their accomplishments. Find out contact information. Learn about present employees and company culture. Then, research industry statistics and learn where they stand.

The goal is to find a handful of companies you’d like to work for and learn about them so that you can visualize where you fit and how you could benefit them.

Plan & Communicate

Once you have your company list and intel, begin to reach out to contacts. Start by sending an email or LinkedIn message. Then, after a little time has passed, reach out by phone. If you still can’t seem to break through, try networking within the company or industry and talk face to face over coffee. Leverage yourself and your abilities. Offer help if needed and use that contact to find new contacts to expand your network—rinse/repeat.

Remember to keep all email or electronic communication short and concise. State who you are, what your experience is, and how you can apply that experience in a way that benefits the company. Aim for no more than 4 sentences total, but make your words count.

Find Alternatives

LinkedIn is not the only way to network online. Many industries have forums and message boards full of people asking for help or giving advice in a certain field. Explore reddit. Look at industry and company blogs. Comment and interact. Remember, that is what networking is all about.

 

 

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