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How to stop feeling helpless in your job search

How to stop feeling helpless in your job search

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How to stop feeling helpless in your job searchStop feeling helpless in your job search! Too often you struggle in your job search from competing voices and the inability to decipher the best direction to take to achieve your goal of a new job.

Feeling helpless is common but you can avoid it

Frequently, job seekers think that they should do this job search thing by themselves. After all, it used to be simple to get a job and then get another job. However today, jobs are much more complex and so is the art of finding them.

You would think with all the resources available, people would have no problem landing their next role.

The abundance of free resources and advice on the web is part of the problem. Too many voices and whose advice do you trust? You can choose between suggestions from well-meaning advisors but none of them are walking in your job search.

How I help job seekers find their own path

I recognize that the strategy I use for one job seeker may be totally wrong for the next job seeker. I also understand that feeling helpless is part of what we have to overcome to create career happiness. Desperation makes it hard to see a clear path.

Your solution to your next job is not the same as your neighbor, your husband, or your best friend. The best solution for you is to maximize your focus on the things you love to do. This creates a search for the right job for you not one tailor-made for someone else.

As I analyze what a job seeker loves to do and what scale they want to do it, I can fine-tune their resume, writing a compelling LinkedIn profile, and teach them how to find the best solution for their goals.

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How to stay focused on your job search

How to stay focused on your job search

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How to stay focused on your job searchStay focused on anything with so many distractions today? Almost an impossible task, right?

When told to stay focused on your job search, you wonder how that can be done.

When do you struggle to stay focused?

For me, it is many times a day. Not only do I have client meetings but in between I need to keep going in order to deliver the projects I promised to other clients and myself. If I let myself get lost in cyberspace, I lose more minutes.

Staying focused and positive despite those things around me is critical for me. I will admit that when I experience a business slowdown, it gets hard to stay focused and positive.

Reasons job seekers struggle with focus

Pressure is on when you know your income dried up and your savings are being depleted. Many people react in reverse. Instead of revving up their job search, they cocoon internally or get distracted by many things outside of their job search goals.

The emotions come on strong and it is easy to give in to sorrow or even depression. This will never end. I will never find a job. This is when you need to dig deep and keep pressing on.

  1. Maximize your value in your resume
  2. Complete your LinkedIn profile with compelling content
  3. Connect with more people who can help you
  4. Don’t isolate yourself
  5. Make one more phone call
  6. Use LinkedIn to find the next connection to the job you want

Do you need more organization?

My favorite productivity tool is Todoist.  (not an affliliate link, just my favorite tool.) Project-based with ways to measure your progress, Todoist works on multiple platforms.

I love checking things off. It makes me feel more successful and then I stay focused.

Whatever works best for you, use it. Make your goals and keep going.

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How to prevent fear from driving your career

How to prevent fear from driving your career

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How to prevent fear from driving your careerOur times seem to let fear win. I want to teach you why you should prevent fear from driving your career and how to do it.

What does fear driving your career mean?

If you determine that outside forces are the reason for you not getting the job you want, you are letting fear drive your career —  and probably your life.

What outside forces?

  • Economy
  • US Election
  • Weather
  • Time of Year
  • Age

You name it. People find reasons that things aren’t working and they blame those things. The economy takes a dip and panic sets in, you will never find a job. Someone other than your candidate was elected and you assume things will go bad. It is storming. No one hires at Christmas time. You’re too old.

I could go on with more outside forces but you get the idea. People let something else drive their career, their job search, their businesses, and their lives.

Why prevent fear from being your career driver?

Fear is counterproductive. When it wins, you lose. If you assume that the factors above are the ones you aren’t succeeding, you will fail. You gave outside forces permission to drive your career.

Fear is powerful. It takes over and pretty soon we can’t see straight.

How do you prevent fear?

You stop fear or prevent fear from driving your career by moving forward without letting those factors rule your life.

The economy goes up and down continuously. Throughout the last big recession, I saw clients win new jobs. They prepared with strategic job search tools. Their resume was value-driven and they took a proactive approach to job search.

There have been many elections. Life goes on. Focus on forward and do your part to make life better for others around you.

Sunny days, rainy days, or snowy days all give you an opportunity to keep going.

Holiday parties and Christmas dinners are the perfect time to get to know more people who can help you reach your goals.

Many of my successful clients are between 50 and 60. They win great jobs! One 60+ is now President of a company. Don’t assume you will fail. If you do, you already have failed.

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How to make better career goals

How to make better career goals

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How to make better career goalsHunting for a job? Perhaps you need better career goals. As I work with job seekers, we talk about targets and goals.

In their hearts, most people desire success. How they define success is often very different. What is important is how YOU define success!

Better career goals for you

Even within the same field, people want different things. Whether we are talking about healthcare, marketing, engineering, or IT, people target different paths.

  • Define a specific target that motivates you.
  • Determine if you want a job with teamwork or independence.
  • Find the path that matches your leadership model.
  • Ask yourself if you need more training or credentials to reach your goal.

Successful career goals come from within you

You can’t borrow your goals from someone else. In the process of working with my clients, we work together to find those values they treasure, the tasks that aren’t work to them because those tasks make them happy, the people who inspire them, and the environment that fits their work style best. When we do that, we come closer to identifying the jobs that attract them.

Key Questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you like to work alone or with people?
  • What kind of leader inspires you?
  • Is there specific work you like to do more than others?
  • Are you detail-focused or do you like the broader picture?
  • Do you need wide open spaces or small cubicles?
  • Is travel on your radar or are you a homebody?
  • Can you work without supervision?

Find the career path that fits you

Within any career path, there will be areas that better fit your personality and background. I believe in career happiness. My heart breaks when I find that someone has spent 10 or 20 years in a career path or area that they hate.

Perhaps you think the economy determines your career path. I don’t. I think if you want something badly enough, you can reach it. You may need extraordinary methods to get there but goals are achievable in any economy in any field.

You deserve happiness in your career. Don’t settle! I create career marketing materials and coach job seekers to reach their career goals.

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