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"Why Can't You Find A Job In This Economy?"

By Guest Writer Deborah Brown

I hear a lot of people say that they have to stay in a job they dislike because there are no available jobs today. They tell me to look around and see the layoffs, see all the people out of work, and see the companies whose earnings are lower. How can they possibly look for something else? They should just be grateful for what they have.

Yes, the economy is worse today than it was 2 years ago, but is that a reason to stay in a job that is making you unhappy? You can give into the notion that it cannot happen for you, or you can do something about it. Which way do you want it to go?

So, How Do You Find A Job In This Economy? Follow These Easy Steps.

1. Believe That It Is Possible To Find Another Job:

This is the first and most important step, as believing that it is possible will put you on the pathway to making it happen. Sure there are layoffs in today's economy. And, people you know still have not found jobs since they were let go. I am not saying it will be easy, or will not take some time, but that does not mean that it cannot happen. Believe that it can, and put steps in place to make it a reality.

2. Stop Listening To Other People Who Say There Are No Jobs:

There are still plenty of companies looking for good people, and you are one of the people they want. People sometimes say that it can not be done because of their own fears or misfortunes. Maybe they have wanted another job for a long time, but have been afraid to do anything about it. Or, maybe they have been looking for a while with no luck. So what they are really saying is "I am afraid I will not find another job", or "Finding a job has been difficult for me."

Each person's search is different and your experience may be more positive that those who are afraid or have had trouble. Once you have this perspective, you can see that that there is no real evidence that no jobs exist, just other people's opinion about what the job market has been for them. You are not out to save the world, you just need one job.

3. Update Your Resume:

This seems simple enough, but I see the resume process as the number one roadblock that keeps people from starting their job search. They wonder "What did I accomplish at my present/last job?" or "Maybe my experience will not be worthwhile to another employer?" Updating your resume can be daunting at first, but once you sit down and think about all the things that you did accomplish, the ideas will start flowing.

4. Start Researching Companies You Want To Work For:

Yes, even if this economy you can still say whom you want to work for. Get on the Internet and start looking at the companies that interest you. Write them a letter or send them an e-mail telling them why you want to work for them based on the conclusions you made from researching their company. They will appreciate the time you took to do this, and you may be rewarded with an interview, or even a job!

5. Get An Action Plan Together:

By what date do you want to have your new job? What action steps will you take to make this happen? Once you have your job search mapped out, you can move forward. Remember there is no outcome without a goal. And planning on the front end will make your job search easier, and more effective

6. Get Support:

Enlist the help of a friend, spouse, coach, etc. Someone who will objectively support you and keep you accountable for your word. Looking for another job can be frustrating, time consuming, and disappointing. You want someone who can support you through the obstacles, both external and internal. Remember that you do not have to conduct a job search on your own.

7. Reward Yourself:

Yes, the final reward is a job you love, but there are milestones that can be rewarded along the way. Sent your resume to five employers? Reward! Went on one job interview this week? Reward! When you look back at your job search from your new desk, you will be grateful for the journey, as this is what brought the brand new happy you!

So, what will it be? You only have one life to live so it might as well be a life you love.

You can visit Deborah Brown's site at Surpassyourdreams.com, send an e-mail to info@surpassyourdreams.com or call (516) 432-2440

Interview Tips

We realise an interview can be a stressful experience, but there is help at hand. Read the following tried and trusted tips carefully and be prepared.

  1. Place a piece of paper and a pen in front of you now.

  2. There are few things worse in life than running late for an important interview. Consider setting the alarm much earlier than usual and giving yourself TOO MUCH time. It will enable you to arrive a little early and you'll have time to collect your thoughts. Write a list of the things that you will have to do on the morning of the interview and the times that you have to do them. Along with the time of the alarm call, write down the time you expect to be finished breakfast, get washed and dressed, get the kids to school etc. and keep to this schedule.

  3. Plan what you are going to wear to the interview well in advance - make sure that you will look smart and tidy. You don't want to be rushing around at the last minute and risk being late.

  4. Try to find out a bit about the company beforehand. Ask family, friends and neighbours and check if there is any information at your local library.

  5. Know what you are going to say to them and try to anticipate the questions they might ask you.

  6. Make eye contact, smile and shake hands firmly and with confidence - first impressions DO matter.

  7. Wait until you're asked to sit down.

  8. Don't slouch in your chair, fidget, swear or smoke. Don't cross your arms, keep them on your lap. Look and be professional.

  9. Keep car keys in your pocket or bag - held car keys may give the impression that you are in a hurry.

  10. Don't keep looking down or away from the interviewer - maintain eye contact.

  11. Don't mumble and don't interrupt the interviewer. Answer questions honestly in a clear and confident voice, but don't sound overconfident or jokey.

  12. Nod occasionally when the interviewer is talking, to show that you are paying attention. Sound enthusiastic about the company and the job.

  13. Ask the interviewer for clarification if you don't understand a question or answer, it could be crucial.

  14. Only after you are offered the position ask more detailed questions about pay, holiday, etc.

  15. Thank them, smile and shake their hand on the way out.
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