Secrets From Successful Job Seekersby Sima Dahl
Successful job seekers know the top secret to finding work is this: Treat Your Job Search Like a Real Job
After months out of work, many people start to feel depressed and hopeless. It’s hard to feel productive when you see the same jobs posted online or you have no reason to get dressed except for an evening networking event.
Not only do you feel discouraged, but apathy can show through to people who can help with your search. How much can you contribute to a conversation when you’ve spent most of the previous week watching TV?
The good news is that this pattern can be changed. You may have heard that when you are unemployed looking for a job IS your job-and it’s true! The key is to schedule your day as if you were physically going to an office. Set definite beginning and end times, and be showered and dressed before “work” begins. Take an hour for lunch, along with short morning and afternoon breaks.
You may be thinking, “What do I DO for 40 hours a week?” The options are endless. Set daily and weekly goals related to networking, applying online, sending out your resume, making follow up calls, etc. If you have specific items (ex. a goal to make 10 calls a day) you’ll be more likely to follow through.
With so much time committed to your job search, you’ll naturally progress faster and farther than if you waited until motivation struck you.
Do This Now: For the next work week, set specific, measurable action items that you’d like to achieve by the end of each day.
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