Unemployed Must Stay Positive, According To NCBI
January 30, 2009 at 5:02 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS provided a checklist of things to do when you're fired (NET NEWS 1/22), but beyond the financial pain, keeping a hopeful and positive attitude can be essential to finding new employment, according to ALAN EDWARDS, Chairman of NCBI, a DALLAS-based personal career marketing firm.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 32.1% of the nation's unemployed have been out of work more than 15 weeks and 17.5% have been on the market for over six months. Hopelessness and frustration become a spiral downward, becoming a block for many who are job hunting, according to NCBI. To counterbalance this sense of failure many job seekers focus on the reasons they can not get a job, rather than developing a plan and strategy to transition them back to work.
Here are some tips that NCBI uses to keep unemployed clients hopeful:
Keep regular business hours -- Treat your job search like a full-time job. Awake each morning with a purpose, this helps keep your search on course and your attitude more positive.
Follow a definitive search plan -- Allocate your time so the majority is spent networking with potential decision makers. Most of the better positions are found this way.
Be true to what you really want to do -- Saying you will do anything is a desperate and unfocused way to present yourself. This will make prospective employers cautious.
Avoid blaming others -- Taking responsibility for your own career is empowering and provides real motivation to keep going.
Dress professionally during the work day -- You will look and feel more confident, and be prepared for fast-breaking opportunities.
Keep smiling, especially during phone calls -- This old-fashioned advice energizes your voice and changes the way you are perceived by those at the other end of the phone.
Seek professional help -- If you find yourself unable to get results and repeating unsuccessful tactics, meet with a personal career marketing advisor who can provide objective input.