Staying Positive
During Your Job
Search
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Introduction
It seems that lately every time we read the paper, turn on the
TV or radio, ...
Winter,Wyman
www.winterwyman.com
Top ten tips
1. Attitude is within your control
2. Companies are still hiring
3. Keep thi...
Winter,Wyman
www.winterwyman.com
1. Attitude is within your control
• Whether learning of a job loss or missing out on an ...
Winter,Wyman
www.winterwyman.com
2. Companies are still hiring
• Just think – even with unemployment at 8% that means
92% ...
Winter,Wyman
www.winterwyman.com
3. Keep things in perspective
• While your situation may seem overwhelming, take a step
b...
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4. Momentum is your friend
• Don’t just sit there, do something! When our routine is
shak...
Winter,Wyman
www.winterwyman.com
5. Consider contract or temp work
• Working in a contract assignment might not be your lo...
Winter,Wyman
www.winterwyman.com
6. Celebrate big and small wins
• As part of your job search, you will certainly have set...
Winter,Wyman
www.winterwyman.com
7. Find ways to de-stress
• Although job searching is a full-time job, nothing is more
im...
Winter,Wyman
www.winterwyman.com
8. Don’t become obsessed
• We’ve all done it – sent an email (or in a job seeker’s case,
...
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www.winterwyman.com
9. Hang out with your friends
• This is not the time to shy away from your family and soc...
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10. Remember you’re not alone
• While it might mean there is more competition for each jo...
Winter,Wyman
www.winterwyman.com
About Winter, Wyman
• Established in 1972
• An industry leader and one of the largest and...
Thank you for joining us.
Visit the “Job Seeker” section of
www.winterwyman.com
for additional job search resources.
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  1. 1. Staying Positive During Your Job Search
  2. 2. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com Introduction It seems that lately every time we read the paper, turn on the TV or radio, or go online, there is a story on rising unemployment figures, sinking economic projections or mass layoffs. It is hard to escape the impact this constant barrage of negative news can have on a job seeker. Finding a job, not to mention the right job, is challenging under the best conditions, but even more so given today’s economic climate. So without disconnecting from society – or at least the media – are there ways for a job seeker to stay positive during a search? Yes! Dave Sanford, Winter, Wyman's Executive Vice President of Business Development, shares how. This presentation by Dave Sanford, Winter, Wyman’s EVP of Business Development, originally appeared as an article on Boston.com and has been re-used here with the publisher’s permission.
  3. 3. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com Top ten tips 1. Attitude is within your control 2. Companies are still hiring 3. Keep things in perspective 4. Momentum is your friend 5. Consider contract or temp work 6. Celebrate big and small wins 7. Find ways to de-stress 8. Don’t become obsessed with e-mail or voice mail 9. Hang out with your friends 10. Remember you’re not alone
  4. 4. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com 1. Attitude is within your control • Whether learning of a job loss or missing out on an offer, you can’t force hiring decisions to go your way. But you can control your reaction to the circumstances. • Allow yourself that healthy moment of disappointment and then pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Find a glimmer of hope, an ironic moment or something to laugh about and go with it. This will help you move on a lot more quickly, which is imperative to your search.
  5. 5. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com 2. Companies are still hiring • Just think – even with unemployment at 8% that means 92% of the workforce is still employed and no matter the economic climate, hiring is always taking place. • People leave their jobs willingly every day to change roles, retire, move, raise families, return to school, start their own ventures or volunteer. Each one of these circumstances leaves an opening and is far more common than a business adding to staff due to a growth spurt or new product launch.
  6. 6. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com 3. Keep things in perspective • While your situation may seem overwhelming, take a step back and understand the reality of your circumstances. • Find the positives in your life and appreciate that you have good health or a loving partner or great kids. • Unemployment can be a blow to our egos and finances, but it can also be a time to realize that in general, things are pretty good in our lives compared to others who are less fortunate.
  7. 7. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com 4. Momentum is your friend • Don’t just sit there, do something! When our routine is shaken up, we often let lackadaisical habits slip in. • Momentum in a job search can often be assisted by getting involved in other activities. • Think about helping out at your kids’ school, volunteering at a local shelter or taking a class. • The more you do, the better you will feel and the more people you will meet which will ultimately better your chance of success.
  8. 8. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com 5. Consider contract or temp work • Working in a contract assignment might not be your long- term goal, but it does have many benefits, including generating income and remaining in the workforce. • Additionally, your skills will be kept up-to-date – or you might learn some new ones – and you will have the opportunity to network and meet people who can help advance your job search. • Many times, taking a contract position at a company will lead to another assignment or permanent position within that same company.
  9. 9. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com 6. Celebrate big and small wins • As part of your job search, you will certainly have set goals for yourself – the number of networking meetings you will have each week…how many resumes you will send out per day…the hours you will dedicate to researching opportunities. • Feel good about completing your objectives and find ways to celebrate your accomplishments. Go to Starbucks and treat yourself to a cappuccino, buy yourself a bouquet of tulips, or go hit a bucket of golf balls – congratulate yourself on meeting your goals, but don’t lose momentum!
  10. 10. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com 7. Find ways to de-stress • Although job searching is a full-time job, nothing is more important during your day than de-stressing. • Stress can be palpable and you don’t want to present yourself to prospective employers or networking contacts as someone who will crack under pressure. • So, whether it’s a morning yoga class or walking around the block, find what works for you and incorporate it into your daily routine.
  11. 11. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com 8. Don’t become obsessed • We’ve all done it – sent an email (or in a job seeker’s case, multiple resumes in response to postings found online) and then compulsively checked our inbox over and over to see if we have mail. The same thing happens with voice mail, IMs and text messages. • There is no doubt that technology allows us to be ultra- connected, but it also can be frustrating when the level of responsiveness is not equal. • The reality is you won’t hear from every company you submit your resume to, so don’t become obsessed with continual checking. • Access your voice mail and email a few times a day – and then let it go.
  12. 12. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com 9. Hang out with your friends • This is not the time to shy away from your family and social circle or be embarrassed about your situation. During hard times, we should run toward our support systems and not away from them. • People who care about you will love you for the reasons they always have – and chances are that wasn’t because of your job. Having people around you that care will build your confidence and make you feel successful.
  13. 13. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com 10. Remember you’re not alone • While it might mean there is more competition for each job opening, knowing that you aren’t alone in your plight should bring you some comfort. • Seek out in-person and online networking and support groups to share your frustrations, successes and even leads. • The more people you talk to, the more doors that will be opened and the more opportunities for you to be hopeful and successful.
  14. 14. Winter,Wyman www.winterwyman.com About Winter, Wyman • Established in 1972 • An industry leader and one of the largest and most recognized staffing firms in the Northeast • Service the New England and Metropolitan New York job markets with national technology contracting capabilities • Specialize in recruiting permanent, contract and contract-to-permanent professionals • Specialty areas include: – Accounting & Finance – Creative & Digital Technology – Human Resources – Information Technology – Investments & Financial Services – Software Engineering
  15. 15. Thank you for joining us. Visit the “Job Seeker” section of www.winterwyman.com for additional job search resources.

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