· Think of your job search as the next phase of your personal education!
· Watch for danger signs like depression and lack of energy.
· It’s essential to find ways to give your batteries a recharge and remain enthusiastic.
· Pick Enthusiastic people to be around.
· Learn from Mentors.
· Now is the time to cultivate some new and re-activate some mature relationships!
RE-FRAME, INVEST, DECIDE, PLAN, then DO……..
Your job search may take a while to give you BETTER THAN AVERAGE RETURNS!
Prepare and decide what and how you want to spend this next phase of your professional career.
Like the graduation from high school to college or work….or undergrad to Graduate school each step of your Career Development is part of your Life time Education.
Higher earners today invest in themselves and their life time education.
If you haven’t been in school in a decade it’s time to rethink how you are educating yourself and this “market research” phase is an important preparation you invest in yourself. I am not saying here that you should plan to be out of work for a year…..but I am saying that rethinking how you prepare and present yourself will have payoffs in multiple ways.
It helps to re-frame the job search process.………
Try this on for a “ Re-frame” :
……. Is One year too long to be in college?
How about a “fast course” in today’s economic realities and enhancing your own research about “who and what it out there in the real job market of today”? That time you spend diligently following up on job leads, meeting people and doing your home work will indeed be the research that could help you be a more effective contributor in your next job. That Is your research, or you "college of hard knocks" education from the street. Combined with your formal education and your ongoing professional network you will gain unbeatable advantage over those who remain passive.
Get your personal overhead as low as you can in order to buy optimum time before the financial (you know what) caves in.
Can you move in with family or friends?
Can you form a job leads club at church or at the local employment development department or on line?
Get in the right frame of mind.
1. You are preparing YOURSELF.
Visualize yourself having MUCH more than you need and Practice being Grateful for everything that YOU do have. You’ll want to work on keeping yourself fresh and positive. Use Visualizations and goal settings. Science has proven that both visualization of abundance and the art of gratitude help both the mental and the physical symptoms of fatigue. This practice also helps you be on the alert for solutions, more cash flow and be grateful for what is already working.
2.GET expert Advice…….
Way out of a recession, it takes TIME and a plan). Go to head hunters and ask for an appointment. Talk to them about any searches they may be working on, or have worked on in the recent past. Gather information and ask for feedback on your own resume. This is a time for you to get expert input and perfect your personal presentation. Have your well proof read resume at the ready and be alert for job postings and job leads in your network.
3. Don’t rely on just one or two sources of job leads. The Newspapers still do have some ads….respond to those, as well as Monster, Craig’s List, Nuresume.com and other job services like the networks on Facebook, Linked in and name the ten other social networks that sprang up in the past year. Don’t discount temp services….my firm placed over a quarter of a million people from file clerks to nuclear biologists. We interviewed former elected officials and re entry housewives……. The advice I am giving you is culled from the most successful job applicants.
My tips might seem like common sense, but believe me that common sense is NOT COMMON Practice.
5. Optimism and great attitude are ASSETS that not all job seekers spend time perfecting. Perfect yours!
If you keep at it, if you benefit from input and perfect yourself and if you listen to that feedback you get from employers you will be able to adjust your pitch the next time.
6. Keep reading…for inspiration.
Right now I recommend M. Gladwell’s new book Outliers is full of insightful info. He’s also the author of the Tipping Point and Blink. One of the best books I ever read, when I needed inspiration was Schuler’s Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do.