Job Seekers – Make Your Job Search More Productive

Job seeking is a daunting task even in the best of times and, in the current economic climate, it’s even more so. It’s a predictably stressful event, next to buying or selling a home, having a child, getting married, getting divorced, or having some kind of emotional trauma. Ranking right up there with all of those things is the interview process itself and trying to land a new position. Supply and demand dictates that during good economic times, when fewer people are in the job market, you have less competition. Right now there’s a lot of competition so I hope these tips will help you.

In my many years in the staffing industry, I saw many unemployed individuals who were coming from a feeling of scarcity, their self-esteem totally eroded. That’s not the place you want to come from when looking for something new. If you’re one of the million people who were laid off in the last year, hang on to hope and take some action steps. Don’t make finding a new job your full time job. Inject some balance into your life by limiting your job search to a set number of hours per day. Volunteer some of your time (around your job search) so that you feel that you’re contributing something.

Ask people who like you (family & friends) to describe you in one word. “If you had to describe me in one word, what would that be?” Then write those words down so that you can look at them when you need to pump yourself up. Remember, you are worthy and you do have something to offer. Those descriptive words will reinforce that for you if you get the blues.

Always ask people you know, “Who do you know that’s hiring right now? I’m looking for a new job. “There may be certain people at your last job you formed friendships with, so stay in touch with them and remind them that you’re looking. Don’t let the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality take over for you or them.