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Job hunting can be more strenuous than work itself and for a lot of people finding new work causes all sorts of stresses and can be quite the challenge. However, though it may often seem quite hard to cope there are definitely ways to turn the whole process into a positive.
The way you respond to the loss of a job and the hunt in general will be a large part of how successful you are. Nobody likes being sacked, however there are some habits that will help you separate yourself from the rest of the pack and land you that job.
Staying future focused is a big part of the job hunt. It’s all very easy to look at the past and have a woulda, coulda, shoulda sort of attitude. However, this sort of mind set is a negative and one that causes a number of issues and fuel anger, resentment and low morale. Focus on future goals, budgeting, and relationships with people you know in work. Focus on what you want and not what you dislike.
A lot of people find that losing their job status is more destructive than not having a job. For many people, losing a job is a sign of inadequacy or failure; however this is not the case. People should be more inclined to see job loss as an unfortunate circumstance and not a personal rejection. Often the cause of a loss is down to forces out of your control, so stay positive.
A lot of people lose morale and hope when they lose a job and end up making life choices that tend to damage them. Wallowing in self-pity, rather than getting out there and being resilient is a negative thing that chips away at emotional and mental resilience. Staying healthy, eating well and dealing with stress through positive means is a lot better than sitting on the couch drinking beer.
By surrounding yourself with positive people you will avoid being sucked into a vortex of self-pity and loathing. Your time is a lot better spent being positive and as emotions are contagious, spend time with those that are uplifting. A positive mind-set in the worst of circumstances makes things a lot better and helps you through. You may have got a classic education, but mindset is all important
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Remember that having a good network of people that you work with can be a great way to help you find a job. Using tools such as LinkedIn and others to find jobs will help you find those positions before they are even advertised. Reach out to people you know and ask for support and you never know the opportunities out there.
Often people find that taking a little break can make all the difference and give them perspective on a situation. We’re not saying to go backpacking for 6 months; however there are plenty of benefits from taking a step back, evaluating and coming up with a new plan and a new way forward.
Help others and be kind and positive and this will help you not only open up opportunities and chances, but also bolsters your own confidence and feel good hormones. Science has showing being positive to others and helping them makes us feel good in return. Do this and you’ll feel better too.
These are just some of the habits of successful job hunters and if you lose your job, employ them for greater success.
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David Shiels has worked in the area of job hunting and recruitment for a number of years. He was formerly a teacher and loves technology and sport. http://www.classiceducation.co.uk/ for job hunting.