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Five Steps To Find A Job In Today’s Job Market ”
In the 1980’s, it used to be pretty easy to find a job fast. People didn’t have to have a lot of qualifications to find a job.
It was really easy to apply for job’s also. All you had to do was look in the newspaper and write a letter to the employer of the Company.
People used to be able to keep their jobs for life, or until they decided they no longer wanted it. People were able to easily move jobs without having to spend a lot of money. At that time a person could choose which job they wanted.
Things are very different now. The job market has changed so much that it is very difficult to find a job. This is because the recession is pressuring the global economy.
It’s probably easy to say that the majority of people do not like change. They struggle with it; and it becomes hard for them to move on. We need to remember that change brings new opportunities and challenges that can be enjoyable and good for us. Many people have lost their jobs and have found other alternatives they are very happy with.
“You do not have to be strong or intelligent to change. You just need to be able to accept change.”- Charles Darwin- changed words to my version.
As well as the changes in the job market; there have also been drastic changes in the way we communicate. There’s now the internet and cell phones. This has changed the way we communicate into interactive dialogue. With all of this change that has gone on, it’s no wonder the way we look for a job has also changed.
Although things have changed, people are still looking for a job the way they used to in the past. Many people still feel they can find a job by applying to advertisements. They look to see what’s in the job section of the newspaper or internet and send off applications and then wait.
The problem is, is that Companies become overwhelmed with applications and it gets hard to stand out from the crowd. This can be hard because employers have different techniques and expectations to limit the number of applicants. Be careful not to rely just on handing out job applications.
This kind of job search is considered passive, because even though there might be some work done, after they’ve sent everything off, they usually just sit and wait. This is not a realistic job option in today’s job market.
So, what should you do to get the job? You need to become more proactive and think smarter to gain the employer’s attention. You will need to start up a lot of job seeking strategies. You will also need good techniques to help get you the job. Before we get started it is really important to keep in mind while job hunting to look for the hidden market.
FIND THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET
There are a lot of Companies that don’t advertise for the jobs they have available. The reason these jobs are filled so quickly without advertising are because:
1. Someone known to the Company recommended the person.
2. The person was in the right place at the right time. We will go over how to access the hidden job market in steps 3 and 4. We will go over self promotion techniques, informative interviews, and networking.
SECTION ONE: THE FIVE STEPS
STEP ONE: POSITIVE THINKING AND PLANNING
“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.” Author Unknown
It doesn’t matter what the economy is like, there will always be jobs available. Something will always happen where people will have to leave their job or get promoted, which opens doors for new employees. Sometimes if an employer meets and likes you, it’ll be just enough to get you in the door. If they don’t have something for you at the time, they will either create something for you to do, or call you when something becomes available.
First, before you start job hunting, take a look at two important factors. These are crucially important to your success: Positive thinking and planning.
People respond to losing their jobs in different ways. It can be a very stressful time. If you have just recently lost your job and are feeling upset don’t be hard on yourself because this is normal. Talk to people you trust, whether it be a family member, friend, or Pastor. Surround yourself with people who are going to encourage you and stick by you. Always remember that there are a lot of people in the same position. It is important to take time to work through your feelings, but don’t take too long because you might begin to feel less motivated and can even become depressed. Try to keep yourself energized, enthusiastic, and motivated to what God has planned. It won’t be easy but it is important.
Some people feel grateful when they lose their job. Especially when they were unhappy with their work. If you are in a situation where you have extra money saved up, you will be able to explore your options longer.
The main reason job hunting can be so stressful is because it is difficult to pace yourself, or know how long you’re going to be without a job. You can either end up getting a job right away, or it can take awhile longer. It can be like being on a rollercoaster. There will be both good and bad days. Make sure you have a good support system to lean on when you start to feel upset and depressed. If you get excited about a job and then get a rejection letter, don’t worry, there is a better job out there for you. While you’re job hunting take care of your body. You will need to eat right, exercise, stay positive, and get plenty of sleep. If you get depressed it will show in your body language and tone of voice. It can ruin your chances of a successful job interview.
WAYS TO GET RID OF NEGATIVITY
Stop listening to any negative comments. If you focus on the positive, you will end up getting a positive job. Stay around positive people, and stay away from the people who are negative. Read books, articles, and watch movies that will motivate and inspire you.
A good book to read is, “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change.”- By: Stephen R. Covey.
There is also another great article on, “How To Eliminate Self Limiting Beliefs.” http://www.careerslifestylejournal.com/how-to-eliminate-self-defeating-beliefs.” Positive action gets rid of anxiety and other negative feelings. In order to not be defeated by job hunting, you will need to keep up your confidence, motivation, and self esteem. To find a job you will need to make a lot of small goals.
Here are some reasons to ask yourself why you want a better job.
1. I will make more money.
2. A new challenge in my life; giving me something positive to look forward to.
3. It will give me confidence and a new perspective on life.
4. I’ll be able to work around people who are more like; and also think more like me.
5. My family and I will be able to travel more. We will also be able to travel to nicer places without having to worry about money.
6. I won’t have to worry about struggling to pay my bills.
7. I’ll be able to start up a savings account.
Envision Your Success By Creating A Vision Board
A vision board, usually called a creative collage, is basically a poster board that you paste pictures and inspirational quotes from magazine cut outs. You can paste things that show your future goals, what you want to be like in the future, or even your future dream house or car. Whatever your dreams are they should be pasted.
To get you prepared for your future dreams, try visualizing yourself as already being there. Visualize yourself in that perfect Career, house, car, or whatever your dream goal is. Read, research, and associate with people who are already living that lifestyle. After you have visualized yourself in your new life, try visualizing yourself in the one you’re in now and had done nothing to make your dreams come true. We will discuss visualization techniques further in step two.
Now it’s time to plan your job search strategy.
“If you decide not to plan, you have decided to fail.”- Author Unknown.
When you’re job hunting it is very important to be very organized and have a structured lifestyle set up to be successful. In order to make the best use of your time you need to stay focused. Get a daily planner or a calendar and sit down and create a daily plan. Write down small goals you want to complete every day. If you have your days planned out it will help you stay on track and you won’t end up feeling so overwhelmed. You can cross off the items you have completed each day, then you will know that you have been accomplishing your goals and have been moving forward.
Now you will want to write down the goals you want to accomplish for the week.
A Progress Chart
You will need to write down the details of each of your job activities. Some good things to write in the chart would be; the date you applied for the job, what the job entails, the Company and position applied for, what you need to do next to get the job. This is also a good way to motivate you. It helps you visualize getting prepared to get the job. You will also be able to see how much work you have done and what you need to do next.
Figure out your daily goals when you first wake up. Don’t do anything until you get your goals written out because otherwise you’ll get distracted and will lose track. You need to decide on how many hours you’re going to spend each day looking for a job. Then work for about 2 hour periods and then stop and take a break for awhile. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself to the point you get burnt out. Make sure your goals are important, attainable, realistic, and not too time consuming. If your goals are too easy, it will be hard to get started, or know when you’ve accomplished them.
If you have a specific goal in mind, you will have a better chance of accomplishing it. Be clear in your goals about what plans need to be completed each day and by what time. Make a list of what websites and newspapers you’re looking at to find the job.
Establish important methods for measuring your progress. This will help you reach your goals easier. When you finish each goal make a check mark next to it to let you know you completed it.
You need to make sure you have the right kind of attitude, skills, and resources to accomplish your goals. Some things you will need to do is before you send out your CV and Cover Letter you will need to get some quality A4 paper. If you don’t have time to get your CV and Cover Letter ready to send off that day, put in your planner on another day when you will be able to get it done.
You need to be realistic about your goals. Make sure they won’t be too hard to carry out. You will need to push yourself, but be realistic in how far you push yourself, or you will end up giving up. Which will make you upset and frustrated because you weren’t able to accomplish it.
You need to set realistic goals of when you need each one to be accomplished. If you don’t have a time frame you will end up putting them off until it’s too late to get it accomplished.
During your job search you will need to make a file for all of the paperwork and applications you will acquire. This will also help if a Company calls you, because you will have the information available to look up to give to them.
Find Someone To Keep You Accountable
If you are the type of person that has a hard time staying motivated, or getting to appointments, you will need someone you trust who can help keep you accountable and make sure you follow through with your commitments. Make sure this person is sincerely interested in helping you succeed. It doesn’t have to be a friend or family member, but you need to make sure they’re trustworthy. You should get together to talk about your goals at least once a week. You will need to discuss what you have accomplished, and what your goals are for the next week. It will be harder to make excuses if you have someone you have to account to. Remember, if you don’t work on your goals, you will not only be hurting yourself. You will be disappointing them also because they have taken the time to help you. You should really keep yourself accountable because you deserve the best in life.
If you accomplish all of your goals for the week, give yourself a treat. Maybe go out to lunch or do something fun with the person helping you. It’ll keep you both motivated to keep working on your goals.
We are done with this part. We will be starting step two next. I hope you are enjoying this and that it is helping.
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