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Attitude & Success. A PRONET Presentation. Keep Your Spirits Up. Your state of mind is the primary determinant of success or failure during a job search. The continuous rejection inherent in any job-search can get to even the most optimistic of job-seekers.

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Attitude & Success

A PRONET Presentation


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Keep Your Spirits Up

  • Your state of mind is the primary determinant of success or failure during a job search.

  • The continuous rejection inherent in any job-search can get to even the most optimistic of job-seekers.

  • Keeping your spirits up can take a concerted effort on your part during this time.


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Leave Your Frustrations Behind

  • Leave your frustrations behind.

  • While it is normal and natural to be experiencing frustration during a job-search in a difficult economy, employers and network contacts aren't interested in hearing about it.

  • Conversely, passion and enthusiasm will attract the attention of those who can assist you.


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Take Ownership

  • Take ownership.

  • Only you can make sure that you will find a satisfying job for yourself.

  • Taking responsibility for your search puts you in the driver's seat.


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Focus on Goals, Not Obstacles

  • Focus on goals, not obstacles.

  • Realize rejection is a natural and necessary part of the job-search process.

  • Rejections during this process are not a reflection on you as a person or professional, but rather a function of market forces in a complex employment marketplace.


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Believe in Yourself

  • Believe in yourself.

  • If you don't believe in yourself, why should anyone else?

  • "Never, never, never, never give up.“

    Sir Winston Churchill in an address to a graduating class of Military Officers.


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Positive Attitude/Optimism

  • How many times have you caught yourself saying:

    • “I won’t get that job.”

    • “Why bother applying?”

    • “I really don’t feel like looking for a job.”


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Recapturing a Bit of Enthusiasm in Your Job Search

  • Look forward to the positive events that occur in a new job, e.g., new friends, new skills, new challenges, etc.

  • Think of the long term. Many good things in life take time. Never focus on a single day.

  • Remember, interviewing gives you an opportunity to meet new people and practice your interviewing skills.

  • Don't think about rejection, think about making the right choice for yourself.

  • Obtain a temporary job if needed. Many job seekers benefit emotionally by feeling productive and working with others, and it can help financially.

  • When you do not receive a job offer, move on and know the right job will show itself soon.

  • Make positive affirmations about your new opportunities. A positive attitude will reflect in your interviews and surely build a momentum toward success.


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Taking Steps Toward Success

  • Surround yourself with positive, supportive people; talk to a mentor, counselor, member of the clergy, or friend when needed to regain a positive perspective; visualize yourself in your new job.

  • Get your finances in order. Cut expenses as much as possible during the transition. Take a temporary position if needed; bringing in extra income not only helps financially, but can also help you feel productive.

  • Make a list of your knowledge, skills, accomplishments , and contributions made in your work, hobbies, volunteer experience and with family and friends and review them daily!


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Taking Steps Toward Success, cont’d…

  • Ensure your Resume reflects the skills and accomplishments related to your current goals.

  • Be proactive and develop a solid JOB SEARCH PLAN.

  • Prepare a daily schedule for your job search and follow it (just as if you were working).

  • Remember, you are also interviewing the company; both you and the employer want a good fit.

  • Keep track of your contacts and follow up!

  • Practice your interviewing skills regularly until you are happily working.


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Get Organized

  • Take a few minutes at the beginning of each day to write a to-do list and rank your priorities.

  • While this may seem basic, it will focus your attention on what you need to do to accomplish your long-term objective: landing a new job.


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Set Up a Routine

  • Try to arrange activities for periods when you'll get the most out of them.

    • For example, when working online, try to avoid the busiest time for Internet service providers (generally after dinner or after work).

    • This will increase the speed and efficiency of your efforts. Also plan your most challenging tasks for mornings, when your energy level is highest and your mind is fresh.


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Define Your Goals

  • List ambitions that are achievable and measurable, such as meeting two new contacts or drafting a more tailored resume.

  • Accomplishing these short-term goals can keep you in "success mode" and boost your confidence.

  • They will also help you achieve your ultimate goal of finding a job.


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Don’t Get Stuck with Busywork

  • Ensure that each action you take advances you towards your objectives.

  • For instance, while researching companies online can be helpful, focusing solely on surfing the Web won't open any doors.

  • Use the information you've gleaned and incorporate it into a cover letter for a prospective employer.


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Avoid Procrastinating

  • Putting off projects that can be difficult or potentially embarrassing often becomes a pattern.

  • Steps like sticking to a schedule and building in a reward system for yourself will help you stay on track.


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Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Looking for a job is a full-time role in itself. As such, you'll need to maintain a balance between your work and personal life.

  • Take breaks during the day to stay fresh.

  • Eating well and exercising can also give you more energy and help reduce any stress you may be feeling.


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Having a Sense of Humor/Balance

  • When you are out of work it is hard to have a good sense of humor.

  • You don’t think about laughing when you are feeling miserable and struggling to pay your mortgage or rent.

  • It is important to surround yourself with your friends who will cultivate your sense of humor and give you a balance.

    • Go to the movies.

    • Share laughs with your friends in person and by email.

    • Laughter is great medicine.

  • Listen. Soak it all in. Ask for advice from your friends and colleagues, and your network to expand your own personal self-knowledge.

  • Be open to what you hear.


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Time Management

  • Manage your time and plan.

  • These are critical skills that most job seekers forget.

  • Your strategizing and organizing comes about evenings and weekends.

  • The implementation comes during the course of the work day.

  • Many applicants do tasks that they would be better served doing during other periods of time.

  • Networking, cold calls, interviews are all vital things to do during the 9 – 5 schedule.


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Staying Focused

  • Know what your objective is.

  • Always know where you are and where you are going.

  • An old saying goes like this: "If you don’t know where you are going, you will end up somewhere else.


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Follow-Through/Persistence

  • Over the years, I have seen applicants put very little attention to follow through.

    • For instance, the networking process, keeping connected with others in good times and in bad.


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Reflection

  • They say the definition of insanity is doing the same behavior over and over again, and expecting to get a different result.

  • It is important to reflect on what is working and what is not.

  • Look at what signs, or signals, or what life’s coincidences have brought you.

  • If you must, slightly re-shift your focus.


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Effective Job Search

  • An effective job search is more than doing the right things, it also includes having the right mind set and traits.

  • Having effective personal qualities and traits will get you to your ultimate objective.


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Keep the Faith

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF…YOUR SEARCH WON'T LAST FOREVER AND YOU WILL GET A JOB!!


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