The Hardest Part Is Getting Started …

My old Dad used to say “the hardest part about painting is getting started”… well he was certainly right about that … In fact, it’s probably true of starting just about anything worthwhile.  So, if you are like most people who have had to start looking for a job, at one time or another,  you’ve faced the struggle of getting started.  – What’s that old saying? “procrastination is the thief of time”…

ALWAYS PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS

Apply for jobs where you feel strongly that your ATTITUDES SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE are a match. The more your strengths are a match to the job you are applying for, the more likely you will be to get a job offer.

DON’T LET MIND GAMES SABOTAGE YOUR JOB SEARCH

Self-sabotage or what we used to refer to as “stinkin thinkin” comes in the form of those mind games we play with ourselves if we are not immediately successful. Keep your confidence level high and remain focused on the goal but DON’T EVER sabotage yourself with negative self-talk. Remind yourself of the ATTITUDES SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE you have already developed in your life. This is what defines you and makes you a worthwhile commodity not the one time you didn’t get the job you really wanted.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND REVIEW YOUR STRATEGY
If you have been looking for a job for a while, don’t hesitate to step back and revisit your job seeking strategy. What is working? What are the things you are doing that are not moving your job search forward? Take a deep breath and perhaps ask a trusted friend or mentor to review your resume and cover letters. Ask them to give you an honest assessment of your job-search strategy.

CHANGE THE PACE- HUNT WITH A RIFLE…

Instead of sending out dozens of resumes to random job postings, slow down a bit and spend more time on quality resumes and cover letters that are tailored to your strengths. Hunt with a rifle and not a shot gun. Add some variety to your job search efforts do some research … that will take the “cold” out of cold-calling companies. Do some networking with friends, former class-mates or people you have worked with in the past. Spend an afternoon connecting with folks on LinkedIn. There are a lot of different and effective ways that can help strengthen your job search and connect you to your next opportunity and help you avoid disappointment in your job search!