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29 October, 2019 Posted by Admin Posted in Career counseling, Career Management, Career Transition/Outplacement
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Defeating Panic During Your Job Search

Posted October 29th, 2019 | Author: Admin

It has happened to a lot of us.  A panic attack in the middle of the night when our subconscious, working at the speed of light conjuring a sense dread, wakes us up.  In the darkness of the room the panic sets in.

This, regrettably, is a common occurrence for people who have lost their jobs — their sense of security.  The unpaid  household bills, the upcoming mortgage payment, the kids school activity fees, an unexpected home repair.  The list of real or imagined pressures can be overwhelming. The panic clouds our judgment. The feeling of hopelessness creeps in.

Grateful For My Job – “I wake up everyday so grateful that I am not in the market looking for work and I pray every evening that my situation will not change any time soon,” said a friend who is a successful hospital CEO in today’s job market.

  • Tough Market  – This is a tough job market in some industries owing to changes in their business models — retail, communications, publishing and healthcare, to name a few.  
  • Spirited Competition – With spirited competition, job applicants must differentiate themselves from the dozens, or hundreds, of executives competing for the same job.   That, together with changes in the rules of the game of how to conduct a job search, make looking for a new position today a stressful ordeal for many.  
  • Grateful For My Job – “I wake up everyday so grateful that I am not in the market looking for work and I pray every evening that my situation will not change any time soon,” said a friend who is a successful hospital CEO.
  • Panic Can be Debilitating – Panic can become a nasty, debilitating part of the job search.   But there is a four letter word that can stop it in its tracks, or at least diminish its hold on you.   The word?  P L A N. To use it in a sentence: the secret to success in a job search is to have well-crafted plan and to execute it.  Every day.
  • Essential Elements – There are aspects of today’s job search that are essential to success.  Some, like calling people on the telephone we do not know, are activities people do not like.  However, if  you do not embrace those elements in your plan and incorporate them into your daily routine, you run the very real risk of extending your job search by months.

The Key to Success – Develop a job search plan that addresses the changes created by an onslaught of technology and the rise to prominence of social media.  Develop your plan, or hire someone to help you, and then be prepared to execute, including doing those things that, all things considered, you would just as soon not do. 


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