You’ve already heard – having a positive attitude is important for your job search.Â We all know it is not easy to keep a cheery disposition when the news around every corner doesn’t look so good. But the disgruntled job seeker is less likely to land a job. Who wants to hire Bitter Bob, Sarcastic Sue or Desperate Derrick?
Susan Strayer reminds us that it isn’t easy to keep your spirits up. She offers “10 tips for handling a job search during a tough time.” Read the first 5 tips HERE. Now for tips 6 through 10. (Commentary is my own.)
6) Gimme a break. Yep, a real break!
Even if you were a workaholic at your job, it does not mean that you should be a jobseeker-aholic! Plan in some down time. Watch a movie. Go for a walk or to the park. Take the weekend off. You’ll be more refreshed and less likely to burn out if you give yourself some down time.
7) Patience is a virtue
Don’t be a toe-tapper.
I once received an email from a client who was anxiously waiting to hear back from a very large employer. They told her that she was under consideration for a position. That was two weeks ago. Her question: Does this employer typically take so long?
My response: When you are waiting for an employer to get back to you about a job (especially a large employer with an HR department and a lot of hiring layers), think in terms of months, not days.
Her reply was very smart: “I guess I should stop toe-tapping.”
8) Lean on friends and family
If they want to help, let them! Don’t be a hero.
9) Admit when you need help
Consider hiring a career coach, which could propel your search.Â Your career is one of your most crucial financial investments. Whether you are actively engaged in a search, underemployed or unhappily employed, it makes sense to consult an expert as you embark on your search for a new job.
10) Be realistic. Really.
Clarify expectations for your search. Unless you have already optimized your materials and have a well-developed network, you probably aren’t going to find a job in a few weeks. However, as Susan points out, “If your search isn’t working something is wrong.” There ARE jobs – you just need to be sure you are making yourself competitive for them. Don’t blame the economy or your age if you don’t land interviews. Review and revise your materials and your networking techniques.
You do control how you approach your hunt…Take the wheel and drive your own career bus! Let me know if you need help!
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