By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog
If you have been laid off, it’s easy to sit at home and dwell on your situation, especially when you are shy or introverted. Before you know it, you may become isolated, feel hopeless, and develop a poor attitude. A recluse has little chance of becoming reemployed.
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to improve your job search prospects.
- Expect to zig-zag through emotional stages, including shock, anger, and depression. This is normal. Just don't get stuck in a bad place. Start a proactive job search as soon as possible. A proactive job hunt includes getting out of the house to meet others and to network, which will help your attitude and your prospects for the future.
- Remind yourself of the skills and traits you bring to the right employer. Be sure to use and improve these skills, especially when you are unemployed. Perhaps you can coach someone, practice your skills through a hobby, or volunteer.
- Limit passive activities, such as playing games, surfing online, and watching TV. Stay active to stay positive.
- Build a support system and make contact with it every day.
- Stop thinking about your layoff as "why me?" Instead, start thinking about getting hired and say, "why not me!" Walk down the street and think, "Why not me!" Pull your shoulders back and keep saying that to yourself. (Just don't say it out loud if you are alone.) You'll get some fresh air and an energy infusion.
- Learn new skills, volunteer, get part-time work, take a class, and attend business events. These activities will help you stay sharp and meet people, which is important especially for introverts. Plus you may be able to add something new to your resume.
- Develop an active job search plan that goes beyond applying for jobs online. This plan can include networking with employers, reaching out to everyone you know for job leads, looking for organizations that are growing, following up on all job leads, and participating in a job club.
- Contact your local American Job Center to learn about the job search assistance it offers, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more at www.careeronestop.org.