I have seen so many job searches prolonged or failed simply because of that person’s attitude. Yes, I agree, it can be very frustrating. One step forward, two steps back. It can be like a mine field scattered with issues and circumstances that will test you to your limit. It’s okay to share your frustration with your coach. I encourage that within this confidential environment. However, airing that frustration out in the open, or when in dialogue during networking, or during the be-all-and-end-all, the interview, will bring you down and bury you.
Positivity radiates. Positivity rules. Positivity relays a powerful message. Even when you are constantly rejected and you feel like you are wasting time and your efforts are fruitless, don’t feel down, because most others have also been through the same emotions. When you are positive and upbeat you are inclined to put in more effort, learn new skills and deliver a compelling and resounding message.
Here are some tips to portray a positive approach and attitude:
#1 Stay Focused and Organized
Ensure that you have all the necessary attributes when completing job applications. Ensure that you are ready for the interviews — research the company inside and out, up and down. Ensure that your day is organized and that you know how to use the social media platforms that are so abundant today to help you with your search. Time management is very important. Don’t waste time on fruitless things. Place an emphasis on the things that will bring you the maximum return on investment and on networking.
#2 Seek Assistance
There are always going to be people who want to champion you. They will listen to you when you are down. They will have ideas for you to regenerate your excitement and engagement. Ask them to periodically review and discuss your job search strategy if it is going nowhere. Ask them to facilitate networking meetings with their acquaintances and connections.
#3 Establish Achievable Goals
I see so many people set abnormally high goals which is good, but when they don’t achieve them, they feel down and out. Be realistic, but don’t go the other way and set low goals. As a job search expert, the perfect day in a job search is 12 hours, of which five hours should be spent on social media with the bulk of that time on LinkedIn. And, yes, this is possible –meeting three new people every day, in person.
Don’t solely conduct your job search from a desk in the basement. Get out and network, network, network. Utilize Meetup.com and other local or industry related groups to attend meetings and be ready to articulate your elevator pitch. Don’t be frightened to tell people you are in career transition. It’s not an illness. It’s a fact of life today.
Wrapping it up, I agree it may be difficult to stay positive. But, being organized, seeking assistance, setting reasonable goals and engaging in networking can boost your morale and help you to maintain a positive and robust attitude.