Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Getting Sick of Job Searching? How to Immunize Yourself Against Job Hunting "Illness"!

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog 

Are you getting sick of job searching? Wouldn't it be great to get inoculated to resist job hunting "illness"?
Expect Rejection in Job Search [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Expect rejection in the job search. Don't let it
make you sick of job hunting!
Imagine: With one vaccination, you would be able to

  • Fight off job hunt disappointment.
  • Recover quickly from rejection.
  • Be immune to setbacks that are part of an employment search.
  • Keep going and feel great, no matter what happens while you look for work.
  • Resist negative stories about the futility of finding a good job.
Of course a job search immunization doesn't exist. But you can give yourself a shot in the arm to keep going strong in your work search. Here are some tips:
  • Manage expectations. Job searching takes time and proactive effort. Don’t expect to get hired immediately or even quickly, although it can happen.
  • Repel rejection. Unfortunately, rejection and lack of employer response are part of the job hunting process. Know this, expect rejection, and keep going. Don’t be surprised when you hear nothing but silence from employers. Above all, don’t start viewing yourself negatively.
  • Resist demoralization. Stay energized in your job search no matter what. Many people give up or put in half-hearted effort when their job hunt activities don’t yield fast results. If you are resilient and can bounce back in your job search, your energy will keep you moving forward.
  • Strengthen your attitude. Remain positive and persist in the job search. A good attitude can push you on when other job seekers stall out.
  • Arm yourself with a job search strategy. Job search planning will help you target the right jobs and find the right employers. Map out a plan for getting the job you want by networking, contacting employers directly, and emphasizing your skills and traits. Although these actions are difficult for shy and introverted job seekers, they will improve your job hunt. So take it one step at a time and make it easy for employers to want you and to hire you.
In what other ways can you strengthen yourself against job search "sickness"? Please share!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

3 Ways to Become a Self-Sufficient Job Hunter

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog 
Learn How to Fish for a Job [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Learn how to fish for a job and
become a self-sufficient job seeker.
Is your job search tackle box a mess like this one?
You've heard the adage: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Well, the same point holds true for job searching. If you learn how to job hunt effectively, you can confidently do it both now and again when the need arises.

I suggest the following tips to get you started toward self-sufficiency in job hunting:

  • Be proactive in your employment search. Don't sit around waiting for employers to call. Target the jobs you want and try to make personal contact with organizations, either through networking or by approaching employers directly. Although this step is difficult for shy and introverted job seekers, it is also the most important and most effective action you can take in your job hunt. You will sidestep or at least minimize the online job search process, which usually feels like falling into a black hole.
  • Get and stay motivated. A poor attitude and a lazy job search will get you nowhere. Neither will blaming others, complaining, procrastinating, sleeping all day, being disorganized, wasting time online, or rushing through job applications.
  • Know your top skills and traits and how they can help employers. By understanding what you can offer employers and communicating it to them, you are more likely to get hired. You need to stand out among other applicants, and effectively marketing your skills and your value is the best way to do so.
So spend time learning how to job hunt. You will catch your next job—and future jobs—more easily. In addition to the tips above, read job search books, follow blogs like this one, and sign up for free job search workshops at your local American Job Center. American Job Centers are run by Uncle Sam and offer a wide range of career and job-hunting help at no charge.

What actions have worked best for you in the job search? Please share!