A job search is bound to bring on insecurities, angst and uncertainty. Whether you are seeking a change or just got laid off, these tips can help in conquering those unsettling feelings. According to Your Career Intel, a more rational outlook to have while searching for a job is to know that this journey can be motivating and more meaningful than you may think. You can easily adopt this perspective by flipping your emotions on their axis to work to your advantage.
You Have To First Ask Yourself: Are You Ready?
Knowing what to do and doing it are critical to a successful job search, but they are very different and if not mentally separated, can riddle you with anxiety-inducing thoughts. First up is recognizing key steps to prepare yourself, and second is taking action. Following are positive, productive ways to ‘get ready’ – and prevent emotional barriers from weakening your frame of mind in the process.
Take Your Resume From Good To Great
Your resume is the single most important marketing tool needed for your job search. Make it your top priority to seek help in crafting an effective one. The right recruiter, one who specializes in HR talent acquisition and placement, may be your best resource for guidance on what turns heads on the hiring side of the table. A powerful, memorable resume will give you much-needed confidence, and it will open doors.
Improve Your Interview Skills
Interviewing is a skill and some people are just naturals. If you are not one of those people, don’t feel discouraged because this is something you can become good or great at doing with guidance and practice. Ask someone in the recruitment world or an HR professional to be a sounding board and conduct hypothetical interviews.
A good tip for interviewing that reduces performance anxiety is to remember this is a two-way street: You and a potential employer are here to explore each other. In other words, it’s not all on you. Be fully prepared to discuss your accomplishments and experience, but also be prepared to ask about your potential role and its impact on the company, and about company goals. Employers value astute, inquiring candidates who have done their research.
Boost Your Confidence In An Objective and Tangible Way
As human beings and as professionals, we lack objectivity in identifying our own strengths. This is compounded during a job search, where, even with a powerful resume, it is easy to lose sight of our distinguishing traits and qualities. Many job seekers get caught up in the mindset of competing with others who have comparable experience and skills. You can avoid becoming emotionally flattened out with such thoughts by elevating your worth and value to the forefront of your days.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Guidance
Many professionals changing jobs take on the challenge alone. There are many reasons, insecurity and fear being two big ones, but I can’t think of one good reason to do this alone. While it is important to be selective, asking for help is one of the best ways to stay positive, focused and open to possibilities. Tap a trusted friend or colleague, a career coach, a recruitment specialist, or better yet, one of each. People who are genuinely interested in your success will provide emotional and professional support, and some, like a recruitment specialist or HR professional, are your direct lines to select jobs.
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