22 Oct

10 Action Steps for Job Searchers

  1. Don’t give up; keep an open mind and positive mindset! Studies now show that starting your day with breathing exercises and positive thoughts can increase productivity and feelings of happiness. Read posts like this: How to Stay Positive from the Positivity Blog. For more resources visit the Career page on this site.
  1. Exercise! Not only is it good for you, but it’s also a great distraction. Studies show that hanging out in nature relaxes the mind, is good for the body and can increase performance.
  1. Visualize what you want. Try a vision board! Jack Canfield has a great post about this: How to Create an Empowering Vision Board.
  1. Develop a support system. That is people who will be positive and supportive, not critical or indifferent. Healthy relationships offer support and stability. Stay connected.
  1. Try a new training, increase your skills.This can become part of your “life long learning”, which is an catch phrase. Is there a skill you’d like to learn? Try it out, t add it to your CV.
  1. Check out other industries and positions. Think outside the box. Is there a way you can utilize your skills or modify them to apply for a different type of position? What catches your eye?
  1. Become a volunteer. This is especially good if you have a lot of free time on your hands. Giving back is good for the soul and gets you connected to the local community. Action is good for the mind. Pick something that really interests you. Not only can it be a distraction but also it can feel good to help others. It’s also a reminder that you need to have a life outside of work :^)
  1. Check out job fairs. Try a local event website in your area or a national one like: National Career Fairs or Eventbrite.com. Find out where a local recruiter or manager from a company you want to work for will be presenting.
  1. Network, Network, Network! Utilize that stack of business cards lying around. Or all those addresses in your email. Check out job listings on LinkedIn or some place you normally wouldn’t think to look for a job. Try joining a forum, industry related, job search related or as a professional affiliation and networking opportunity. They say word-of-mouth is the best way to get connected.
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