Unemployed? Keep Your Spirits Up!

Many people who lose their jobs experience feelings of shock, anger, disbelief, and fear. When we become unemployed, we lose the security that we normally take for granted. Having a job gives us a sense of belonging, a place to go, something to be a part of, and meaning in our lives, as well as providing means to live. Even if an individual resigns from a job, he or she still wonders, "Did I make the right decision?" and "Will I find a new position quickly?" All of these feelings, combined with income loss, can take a tremendous toll on one's self-confidence.

The longer a person is unemployed, the more difficult it becomes to build the psychological and emotional desire needed to seek employment, get job interviews, and consider offers. If you get discouraged, there are steps to follow to discipline yourself so that you can focus on securing a new position.

Five important aspects to remember in your job search:

  1. Increase your knowledge - Read and absorb as much job-seeking information as possible. Do this on a daily basis so that you can build your confidence. Remember that knowledge is power!
  2. Find a support person - It is important to find someone who will be a mentor, a source of encouragement, and a sounding board. Find someone who you respect, such as a relative, an associate, or a friend. It is helpful to share both your positive and negative progress with this person.
  3. Make sure you have a powerful resume and cover letter - Hire a Certified Professional Resume Writer to help save time and end your search quickly and successfully.
  4. Be creative and active - Employ different methods in your job search; keeping your mind open to various job-search methods will result in more success. Remember, looking for a job is a job, and employment experts recommend that a job seeker spend at least 35 hours a week on a job search.  Use placement bureaus, the internet, newspaper ads, word of mouth, and contact personnel departments.
  5. Maintain a positive attitude - If you have an "I won’t quit," attitude, you will succeed. Remember to eat, sleep, and exercise; you will feel refreshed and have a positive attitude. Also, you will be able to handle stress and setbacks during your job search.

A powerful resume = job interviews = job offers!

 

"If You Are Not Happy With the Results Your Resume is Generating Then Act Now to Change Your Future"

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