Job search, akin to moving to a new town often is unfamiliar, disconcerting and frightening. In fact, it can turn confidence into insecurity, and polished poise into rough edges. It also can shift calmness into anger and patience into pushiness.
Ways to positively channel this anxiety and energy abound and can be used to propel your search—and attitude—forward. Five such tips follow:
1. Create a resume that is a mash of both marketing muscle and humility. Create this by teasing out a story rich, not only in the measurable results you achieved as an army of one, but also in the colorful and harmonious relationship threads you wove throughout your career. If written well, you hook the reader with a relatable, yet exhilarating theme and win them over with your likeability and problem solving finesse. You prove yourself as both a decisive leader and a collaborative partner.
2. Join the conversation on social media. When you read someone’s blog, you comment, and then personally tweet or share their content. You add value and positivity to the conversation and humbly admit that you learned something you did not know before.
You don’t permit your overwhelm with and anxiety from job search to spill over into anger, negativity, insults and/or know-it-all attitudes on blogging sites, Twitter conversations or Facebook exchanges. If you find yourself swaying toward off-putting online sharing, you seek out a healthier outlet, such as exercise or spending time with good friends who will be private sounding boards for your angst.
3. Netweave your way into referrals and opportunities. You give first and don’t expect something in return. You share your value in a way that demonstrates your talents, and you articulate your target goals in a way that equips your net of relationships to know how and when to refer you to others.
You don’t push people for networking referrals or job recommendations, but if an opportunity presents itself, you act upon it. If someone makes an introduction to a particular person or opportunity, you follow up, even if you aren’t 100% convinced you are interested. You exude respectfulness, and a dash of humility, consistently.
4. Stay focused on your goals. Even if you aren’t certain of your focus, go out and find it. You do this by reading career advice content and being introspective. You also may need to seek out help from others who can objectively support your initiative to zero in on a specific target audience and their needs. In job search, knowing what type of company, industry and job you seek is extremely vital to a healthy outcome.
While the process of finding a job may frustrate you because it seems like yet another job, embracing that process can actually help convert those unconstructive feelings into momentum. Embracing the process exudes itself in positivity and a more humbly confident attitude than if you carry a chip on your shoulder.
5. Realize and embrace your value. Whether you have a track record of one year, five years or 25 years’ work experience, you value yourself and the experience and skills you offer. However, whatever your credentials, you don’t use them as an excuse for arrogance and total independence. We all experience interdependence at different phases of our careers and lives, and job search often brings the most independent, self sufficient personalities to their humble knees.
Unassumingly embrace uncertainty and become more comfortable with being uncomfortable. Similar to moving into a new town where you know no one, put on your most pleasant “face” and be nice to others to get acclimated. Accept help when others offer to show you around and introduce you into their fold. Warm up to invitations to connect; appeal to people’s helping natures and say “thank you,” regularly.