“Look not at the days gone by with a forlorn heart. They were simply the dots we can now connect with our present, to help us draw the outline of a beautiful tomorrow." ~ Dodinsky
___I don’t like how things are today – everything has changed.
___Job search is ridiculous.
___Social media is stupid.
___I have never had to look for a job; I have always been sought out – until now.
___When I looked for a job 20 years ago, things were different…better…easier.
___In the olden days, I just called up a place and they hired me just because of who I am.
___Things aren’t like they used to be.
___Are you serious about all this branding baloney?
___I have sent out at least 20 resumes and have not gotten any response.
___Look, I was a highly paid executive and I am not interested in learning about job search – I just need you to give me some connections.
___Networking is a waste of time. Been there, done that.
___What is LinkedIn and why do I need to bother with it?
___I don’t know why HR makes it so impossible today – it didn’t used to be that way.
___I don’t understand recruiters – I thought they were supposed to find me a job.
___I am sick and tired of looking for a job – what a waste.
___There are no jobs for me now.
___I used to call all the shots – had a lot of authority – people looked up to me.
As a job seeker, what are you saying to yourself?
Are you stuck in yesterday?
Are you longing for the past and the good old days?
Do you have an expectation that someone, somewhere owes you a job served up on a silver platter?
OR, are you willing to hop on board the Super Competitive Kick Your Backside Job Search Train and get going? If you are willing to let go of the past (as it has passed), here are five very specific ideas to help you begin the process of moving forward:
- Be willing to listen and learn from someone who has mastery of the career transition process. It will save you time, money and frustration. Period. Are you familiar with the saying “You don’t know what you don’t know?”
- Make a list of every single skill you own and wish to contribute to some organization in the future.
- Make a list of what you are “hanging on to” that would behoove you to “let go of” in order to move forward with maximum efficiency.
- Know that looking for a job in today’s market is tough; keep telling yourself that you are tougher than the toughest task of today's job search.
- Track your progress on a daily basis. If you are not achieving one new thing each day, re-evaluate and refine your strategy to increase your chances of success.
“What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now.” ~~ Author Unknown