Develop an attitude of gratitude,
and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
~ Brian Tracy
On this Thanksgiving week, I want to encourage you to keep moving forward in your job search. Stay positive, know that your job is out there, and remember to thank everyone who helps you on the way.
Many job seekers take a break from the job search during the holiday season, but that doesn't mean you should. Absolutely keep going and stay active. Why?
1. Companies still hire during November and December.
Contrary to popular belief, a lot of hiring takes place at the end of the year. Some companies have money to spend in the last quarter of the year, and will use those funds to hire new positions.
2. Even if they aren't hiring now, they will be in January/February.
If you are making contacts, sending your resume to hiring managers, and keeping in touch with recruiters, you will be top of mind as soon as positions become open.
3. You have less competition.
Because so many others will sit out the holiday season, you will have fewer competitors to worry about. That means you have a greater chance of getting the interview.
4. Recruiters are still working.
The holidays are a great time to reach out to recruiters in your space. If you've sent your resume before, send it again with a holiday note. Again, fewer job seekers will be active, so you will stand out more.
5. You have better networking opportunities.
There is no time like holiday time to network. People expect cards and emails during the holidays, so take advantage of that. The season means you also have a reason to reach out to people you haven't talked to in a while. (Get some awesome networking messages in the Hidden Jobs Finder.) There are parties to attend and volunteer opportunities to take advantage of, too. If you feel awkward about telling others you are unemployed, watch this video: Be Positive When Explaining Your Unemployment.
It’s very important to maintain your confidence in any job search—because that optimism will show up in your approach, your conversation, your body language, and make you ultimately more successful. Conversely, negative thinking will also show up—you’ll feel less confident. You won’t feel like the strongest candidate, so you won’t look like the strongest candidate, and you’ll lose another opportunity. It ends up as a vicious cycle that leaves you in the job search a lot longer.
Mark says that step 7 in how to stop negative thinking is to ‘Stop making stuff up and believing it.’ Imagination is a powerful tool, and too many times, we use it to scare ourselves with all of the terrible things that could happen, whether it’s likely to happen or not. So, to fight that, we need to use our imagination to imagine things going well.
So, in your job search, you should imagine and expect to be successful in every encounter—every time you contact the hiring manager, every time you walk into an interview, and every time you negotiate a compensation package.
What are your job search expectations? In a job search, it’s important that you rid yourself of negative thinking or negative expectations and stay positive. Not only will you turn what can be a difficult situation into an easier, more pleasant one, you will ultimately be more successful.
What great thing would you attempt
if you knew you could not fail?
~ Robert Schuller
If you knew you could not fail, what would you do? What job would you go for? What company would you work for? Where would you live?
How many hiring managers would you contact? How many interviews would you get? How many offers would you get to choose from?
When I coach job seekers and people who just want to get ahead in their career, I sometimes find that the biggest thing holding them back is fear. A lack of confidence keeps them from achieving what they want and need to achieve. When they get past the fear (and get some direction on the best way to proceed), they are always thrilled with the results.
What great thing would you like to attempt in your job search or your career? Schedule some coaching time with me. I can boost your confidence and help you map out your path to success.
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She used our 30-60-90-Day Action Plan Template to put together her plan the evening before her interview. She interviewed in the morning, and by that afternoon, received a job offer as a Nurse Supervisor in a home care agency.
I thought that I'd drop you a line to let you know how the 30/60/90 day Action Plan worked for me. I bought your template and audio coaching yesterday afternoon and worked yesterday evening to put my action plan together. I had no time to lose. My second job interview was scheduled this morning. I brought my action plan in to my interview this morning and by this afternoon I received and accepted a job offer as a Nurse Supervisor in a well known home care agency.
Did you know that positive thinking in your job search will actually help you get a job faster? The bonus is that you will feel better, too, and have a much better experience overall. Negative thinking not only annihilates your confidence, it can actually cause you to do things that will hurt you in your search.
Mark says that the 5th step to staying positive is ‘Stop taking all the responsibility.’ What does this mean? It means that if something doesn’t work out, you think it’s all your fault--you don’t consider any external factors. For instance, if you don’t get the job, you may assume that it’s because they didn’t like you or that you flubbed the interview –but the real reason may be that the CEOs niece applied too, and the hiring manager was forced to choose her.
Positive thinking is a must for your job search—a positive person is more confident and gets hired faster. Negative thinking erodes our confidence, holds us back from doing the things we should be doing, and makes us miserable in the meantime.
Mark says that the 4th step to staying positive is ‘Stop mind-reading.’ Mind-reading causes us to assign motives (usually negative ones) to other people’s behavior before we have any hint about the real reason.
This is a classic job search problem. If a hiring manager hasn’t called you back, you may automatically assume that he or she doesn’t like you. Or, if you contact a hiring manager about a job and don’t receive a reply, you may assume that he or she is annoyed with you for reaching out. The reality is much more likely to be that the hiring manager just got sidetracked with work. Remember that while they’re trying to hire someone for this new position, they are also meeting deadlines, dealing with problems, and managing the other people who work for them. Make sure you stop to think about all the possibilities they haven’t called that have nothing to do with you.
There are 3 things you can do to stop or combat negative mind-reading in your job search:
I have found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active.
Show up more often.
~ Brian Tracy
If luck is predictable and you have more luck if you take more chances, then how does this apply to your job search?
In a job search, luck means getting the interview, or getting the offer. You can't get the interview if you aren't noticed by the hiring manager so that he or she can ask you to interview you. If they don't know about you, they can't ask. And it typically takes a certain number of interviews to get a good offer--so to get good offers, you should plan to interview more than once (the more the better).
So, in order to be 'lucky' in your job search, you need to be more active and show up more often. This means contact hiring managers every day, so that you have more chances of being called for interviews. When you are offered an interview, take iteven if you don't really think that this job is for you. It may very well be that they'll tell you something about the job you didn't know that makes it much more attractive to you, or that they'll interview you and realize you'd be a better fit in another position. These things happen (and those people are considered lucky when it does--but really all that happened was that they showed up). If nothing else, you'll get interview practice that will make you better and stronger in future interviews.
Job searching can be tough. It’s easy to become frustrated and discouraged, and lose your confidence. As a career coach, I’ve found that almost every job seeker I speak with needs a positive attitude boost along with the resume or interview situation they called me about.
Staying positive during your job search is not just nice—it’s necessary. Negative thinking slips into your speech and your actions, derailing you in many different ways. Positive thinking helps you feel better AND get hired faster.
I found a great article from Mark Tyrrell on How to Stop Negative Thinking in 7 Simple Steps that I want to apply to your job search to help you stay positive. We’re going to look at Mark’s steps one at a time, with our job search goggles on.
So here is Part 1 of my 7-part series, How to Stop Negative Thinking and Stay Positive in Your Job Search.
One gentleman applied TWICE to the same company over a few months and never heard anything back from them, so he finally took my advice and contacted the hiring manager directly. This contact got him the job within about 3 weeks. The hiring manager had never seen either of his online applications--and yet this was someone he obviously wanted to hire.
This week, stop applying online (the definition of insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results, according to Einstein) and start contacting hiring managers. Be a genius-get a job.
If you want to stand out from other candidates, and have an excellent interview that results in a job offer, you should ask questions. I've put together a starting list of great questions to ask your interviewer. Weave some of these questions into the conversation (don't ask them all at once) and you will have a fantastic job interview.
Questions That Give You Better Answers To Their Questions
- What would an ideal candidate for this job look like?
- Tell me about your most successful employee.
- What tasks will define success for this job?
- What would sink an employee in this position?
What they say in response to these types of questions will tell you what they consider important. This knowledge will help you deliver better, more tailored answers to their questions.