Our current economy has forced nearly 30 million people into unemployment; it’s routed employees out from behind desks to the streets or behind the fast-food counter. With this Job Market, there’s ample reason to become despondent – there’s frequent rejection, endless worry over finances, and dashed hopes. Reason enough to feel distraught.
But take heart, it doesn’t have to be so!
Make a concerted effort to adjust thought patterns and practice those tactics that keep the spirits up. Here are some pointers on trekking through the Job-Search Bog to higher ground and success.
Practice Sharp U-Turns. During tough times, the temptation is to succumb to bad behaviors, to habits that bring short-term relief, but really do great harm in the long run. When feeling pummeled black-and-blue from the job market, don’t be tempted to toss down a few dozen Harvey Wallbangers, or smoke a joint, or raid the medicine cabinet for those kite-flying prescription drugs. Guard against developing self-destructive behaviors.
Whack-A-Mole. Watch the head games, practice thought control. Dwelling continually on the negative aspects of a search only serves to draw down the energy reserves and morale. It definitely can affect an interview in an adverse way. When visited by a dark and desperate thought, act like the arcade game Whack-A-Mole, where a pop-up figure is hammered with a rubber mallet. Belt that negative thought right out of consciousness. Replace it with a memory that lifts the spirits.
The job search can certainly be a tough road to plow but knowing how to keep the mind and spirits uplifted serves well in the days ahead.