Getting Through Tough Job Hunting Times


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Life is tough
Job hunting is tough

Here are my thoughts on how tough it is and some practical ideas to keep going.

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Getting Through Tough Job Hunting Times

  1. 1. Getting Through Tough Job Hunting Times • Inability to accept RejectionStress of Job Loss • Know it’s coming • Lose trust in professionals o Make plans • Inability to accept help o Save up • Can’t afford the job search o Pay off debts • Poor appearance o Tighten up • Money worries o Get a jump on job search • No fun • Never saw it coming • Bad debts o Caught off guard • Physical illness o No plan • Emotional illness o Financial crisis o What if just bought something big Desperation • Fairness • Lying and cheating and stealing • Followed the rules • Taking a bad job o Education • Wasting time on looking for bad fit o Job • Anger & hostility • Overuse of alcoholPersonal Fears • Return to former drug use • Too old • Too young Thoughts • Inexperienced • I can’t do it • Wrong experience • Is it me? • Wrong education • Honest, you still think you can do it, but you • Dated education/experience think no one else does • Problem background • Never get hired again I Want My Life to be Normal • Can’t do it • For most of you it will be normal again • No jobs out there • Some of you will adjust to a new normal • No one is hiring • For most of you, normal again is as close as the • No one wants me next interview and a job offer • Can’t compete anymore • How do we get there? • Job skill loss • Making mistakes Is it You or the Way You are Going About Your Job • Paralysis by analysis Hunt? • Most of my experience, it is not youSymptoms • Most of the time it is not your resume • Worry all the time • Most of the time it is not your cover letter • Can’t sleep through night • It might be the way you are going about your • Dread getting started in the morning job hunt • Dread getting started in the afternoon • Learning curve going on here • Avoid getting started at all • Hurting relationships The Three Main Reasons Why People Remain UnemployedEffects of Unemployment • Lack of Proper Job Hunting Fundamentals • Anger • Element of Choice • Depression o Voluntary • Low Self-Esteem o Involuntary • Lost Friendships • Long, nasty job hunt • Social Isolation
  2. 2. • Everything will be okayFundamentals • You will get through this • Four Main Reasons Why People Remain • One Day at a Time, One Thing at a Time, One Unemployed Step at a Time o 90% Cannot answer problem interview questions If you really need help o 85% Do not generate enough • Call the crisis hotline productive job seeking activity • Talk with you pastor/rabbi o 80% Can’t identify and describe their • Talk with a mental health professional skills and communicate them to o Make sure they encourage you to keep employers going o 40% Give off a poor personal • If really unable to function – talk with your appearance/negative first impression doctorIn the Meantime • Follow-up • Practice how you want to be on your new job • Don’t major in the minors • Get out of bed • Don’t wait too long • Journaling • Do not watch the evening news - no politics • Hang out with positive people • Read positive things • Mind your own business • Go to church/synagogue • Forgive • Networking groups • Communicate with people on job hunting forums • Send an email to an expert • Call an expert • Training o Does not interfere with job hunt • Tell those closest to you, I will get through this • Tell those closest to you, we will get through this and be better people for it • Exercise/Dance/Hobby • Take a walk at sunset • Talk positive • Keep going • Find a friend who will listen o Healthy relationship • Talk with your pastor • Talk with a mental health counselor • It’s okay to dream beyond this • You will smile again • Help someone • Volunteer o Does not interfere with job hunt • Don’t let them get to you • Make a list of what you do have