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Don’t Avoid Your Search

Search procrastination isn’t unusual after an initial flurry of activity, but unless you’re actively job hunting, search consultants and employers may become concerned about the length of time you’ve been in the job market.  The six biggest barriers to job search productivity are:

1. The Rejection Syndrome

Everyone knows that job search involves rejection, which can trigger discouragement.  Discouraged job seekers often don’t do very much and their search flounders. Realize this: every rejection is just another step on the path to your next opportunity.

2. Emotional Stress

Unemployment often causes an unhealthy level of emotional stress which, if not properly managed, can lower job search activity.  Give yourself time to take care of your mental state, which sometimes means balancing your job search with positive activities that reduce stress, such as exercise or social engagements.

3. Working Solo

Job search is a very self-driven process, especially when compared to a typical workplace environment.  You have to manage your own time, set your own goals, determine your strategy, and create your own benchmarks for success.  Recognized that you really do have to manage your new workload just like a job, and you have to manage that unruly employee – yourself – if you hope to move forward in your job search.

4. Lowered Self- Esteem & Confidence

Feelings caused by job loss or rejection can make it difficult to hang onto your self-confidence.  Low self-esteem makes it harder to keep the search going.  Keep in mind that you have a lot to offer an employer, especially in terms of experience, expertise, and talent.

5. Lack of  Persistence

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not – nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.  Genius will not – unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not – the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”  Calvin Coolidge

The gist of this quote is simple: the secret to success is neither education nor talent.  It is simply not giving up.  If you stay focused on your goals and remain persistent throughout the journey, you can achieve your goals!

Persistence is a feature missing from too many job searches.  If you stay persistent and determined in your job search, you will find the resources to win and overcome obstacles in your path.  You will succeed.