|Do you grimace |
at every job search task?
· Talk about yourself in present tense instead of past tense. For example, say “I am an office manager,” not “I was an office manager.”
· Instead of calling yourself “unemployed,” refer to yourself by your desired job title.
· List your top skills and focus on the value of these skills to employers. This point is especially true for transferable skills, such as organizing and problem solving.
· Take daily positive action, such as calling contacts, doing employer research, building skills, and networking with employers. It will help your attitude to feel as if you are accomplishing something.
· Get out of the house. Although sitting at home behind the computer is comfortable, especially for introverted and shy people, it won’t do much for your spirits if you do it day after day. So take a walk, have coffee with a friend, volunteer, take a class, or go to the library or to the bookstore.
· Learn about effective job searching. Empower yourself by learning the dos and don’ts of job hunting. Follow job search blogs like mine, explore good career sites, and read job search books. You will be amazed how this information will improve your job search and your attitude.
· Expect rejection and don’t take it personally. You won’t hear back from most employers. You may not get hired immediately. It’s today’s reality. Expect it and keep going.
Because today’s job search is likely to be long, don’t let a negative mindset take hold. Take action and inoculate yourself against disappointment and a bad attitude. You eventually will get hired if you keep doing your footwork and stay positive.