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Least Favorite Job Search Phase
Squashing the Job Search Blues Print
Career Tips - Supersonic Searching Mondays
Written by Abby Kohut   

Nothing is more important than having a positive attitude during your job search. Even if you aren’t feeling your best, you have to learn to act as if you are. People are much more likely to help you (and possibly hire you) if you are emitting positive vibes rather than negative ones.

Think of all the people in your life who are grumpy, who have a glass half empty attitude or who like to complain about their lousy life. Do you look forward to being with them for long periods of time? Are you still as friendly as you used to be? Do you rush to pick up the phone when they call? Do you tell them that you already have plans when they ask you to spend time with them? Now think about whether you would hire them if you had a job opening for them. If not, keep reading…
We all know that the job market right now is worse than ever so it’s more difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Here are some things you can try. Different things will work for different people:

  1. Join a gym, start walking or take up a new sport. The adrenaline that comes from exercise sends endorphins circulating throughout your body, causing an improved mood and general feeling of well being.
  2. Network, network, network – reengage with old friends and make new ones. Have coffee with everyone. Don’t just join local in-transition groups but actively participate. Form small job search teams or find a job search buddy. You will find great comfort by hanging out with other people who are living a similar life. Network in places where you will find employed people such as your local Chamber of Commerce. You may even find one that wants to hire you.
  3. Read books that deliver positive inspiration and leave you feeling like you are in charge of your own destiny. Two of my favorites are:
  4. Break the job search process into daily and monthly action items that are manageable. Don't just see landing a job as the ultimate success. Plan your search as if it was a project with deadlines and timelines. Celebrate when you meet your goals - contact by recruiters, developing a new networking relationship, etc. Put stars on your refrigerator like you did for your kids. Your family will help cheer you on. 5) Sign up for more training. Is there something that you’ve always wanted to learn but never had time? Is there a certification that would make you more marketable to an employer? Is there a weakness that could use some polishing? 6) Spend time with the friends and family members that pump you up the most and offer helpful suggestions. Avoid the ones that only offer pity as that will not help you as much. Definitely avoid the ones who tear you down or who give you the impression that you are not capable of succeeding quickly.
Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
In this day and age there are only a handful of people who have not been in your shoes before, even if they are top performers. We all understand what you are going through. Spend time with people who are your biggest fans. Do not let yourself get down for long periods of time, as it will result in negative consequences when you are interviewing and when you are meeting new people. Change your attitude and your outlook and only good things will come your way. Eventually you will find a wonderful job with people who truly appreciate your gifts. It is well worth waiting for!
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!