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Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Job Hunting

Job  seeking can be stressful. Bills start to pile up, rejection letters pour in and it seems like the perfect job will always be out of reach. If you're out of work, fight the urge to panic. Get in the right mindset. A positive mindset can help speed your search and keep you level-headed. The following qualities are all part of a successful job-hunting mindset.

   1. A positive mindset is one of the most important qualities a job seeker can have. If you believe today will be the day you find that perfect job lead, you'll lead a happier life. Ignore the temptation to be discouraged by the lack of current opportunities or the high unemployment rate. Remain optimistic, and you'll come across as more confident and likable to future employers.
   2. When seeking a new job, it is important to be patient. No matter how bad the economy gets, there are always jobs available. It might take a week, it might take a month, it might even take more than a year, but if you're patient and persistent, you'll eventually find a job you'll enjoy. Because patient job seekers aren't desperate, they don't feel pressured to take a job that they're overqualified for or won't like. By being patient as you search for a career, you'll eventually find one that you'll still enjoy years from now.
      Hard Work
   3. You'll find a job much quicker if you look at your quest as a full-time job. Don't view your unemployment as an opportunity to get chores done around the house or catch up on your reading list. Instead, spend your days diligently seeking opportunities. Cold call potential employers, search job boards, seek advice from qualified experts and prepare for upcoming interviews. Also, instead of using generic cover letters and resumes for each application, craft something unique each time. This might take much more work, but it also will help your resume stand apart from the crowd.
   4. As you search for a job, remain confident in your skills. Your confidence will help you seek opportunities you might otherwise shy away from, remain patient when leads dry up and present yourself well to potential employers. Also, when your confidence comes through during an interview, it just might be the one thing that convinces the interviewer that you have what it takes to do the job.
   5. According to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates in 2009 reached highs not seen since 1983. Because there are so many unemployed people competing for the same jobs, you might have to use unorthodox job-seeking methods to stand out. The unusual methods you use depend on the industry. For example, if you're applying for a creative position like graphic design or video game development, you can write a funny cover letter or create an unusual business card. If you're applying for a more professional job, you could try to get in touch with recruiters through their LinkedIn profile. Being creative shows potential employers that you're willing to do what it takes to succeed in the industry.

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