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Surviving Unemployment: The Only New Year’s Resolution Job Searchers Need for Success in 2012.

December 30, 2011

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The number one New Year’s resolution job searchers need for success in 2012 is to add a new power to your search.  New Year, new energy.  Give it all you’ve got without holding back.  Avoid fits and starts by keeping up a maintainable push forward.  The following are ways to increase the momentum of your job search.

Be positive.  You are what you think you are.  Expect you will receive a job and smile.  Remember the little engine that could—I think I can, I think I can…

Show enthusiasm with everyone you meet.  People like enthusiastic people.  The positive vibe strengthens bonds and encourages collaboration.

Maintain healthy eating habits, it keeps the weight off, and you prevent numerous illnesses.  Avoid sweets and empty calories.  Eat more fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains.  Reduce the amount of red meat you eat.

Work out regularly to keep your mind alert, your body fit, and your spirits uplifted.  You look fabulous when your body is healthy and toned.  Walking is an excellent exercise and doesn’t require any equipment or expensive gym fees.

Interact with other people often. Surround yourself with positive people by socializing or volunteering, it is a powerful way to build your network.  It is a well-known fact that over 80% of jobs are obtained by networking.

Continue learning new things.  It looks terrific on a resume when you are constantly learning new things; shows you are up-to-date and haven’t stagnated.  Two places you get more information on free courses are www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses and http://www.education-portal.com/articles/Colleges_and_Universities.  You won’t receive credit, but some schools will give you a certificate of completion.  Some of the participating schools are M.I.T., Harvard, Tufts, Notre Dame, U. Cal. Berkeley, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Yale.

Target your resume and cover letter to each position that interests you.  One resume and cover letter does not fit all positions.  Make your resume stand out of the stack by showing how you meet their needs like no one else can.  Keep all your accomplishments and honors in the top half of the resume.  The people in human resources will look at for about 10 to 20 seconds.

Put closure on your last job.  Confront the feelings of loss with the Job Loss Recovery Program that are holding you back.  Say good-bye to the anger that is casting a shadow on your search.

Whatever changes you want to make in other aspects of your life, adding these will provide you with a new power to pursue your dream job.

Arleen Bradley is a certified career coach and certified job loss recovery coach.  She assists clients in moving beyond job loss grief in order to land dream jobs.  To learn more about the Job Loss Recovery Program and how you can benefit from it, log on to   http://www.arleenbradley.com.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2012 3:08 am

    I like reading your articles, Surviving Unemployment: The Only New Year’s Resolution Job Searchers Need for Success in 2012. Arleen Bradley Career Coaching was added to my favorites in firefox.

    • Arleen Bradley permalink*
      February 5, 2012 3:59 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. I hope they are helping you.

  2. January 6, 2012 10:25 am

    I will be sharing this post with a family member who is struggling to stay positive. Thanks for your ideas and encouragement. I often ask people if they know how to eat an elephant. They look at me with a very funny look and I reply…”one bite at a time”. A goal or vision may seem gynormous but we can get closer to it by faithfully executing one bite at a time.

    • Arleen Bradley permalink*
      January 6, 2012 1:55 pm

      Thank you Patti for your comment. Good point about “one bite at a time.” Unfortunately, we tend to look at the whole and get intimidated by it. Wishing your family member much success.

  3. Nobuyuki Nojima permalink
    January 1, 2012 10:37 pm

    Thank you very much for your encouragement. I sometimes get discouraged after getting rejections for the jobs that I’m qualified for. I admit that I apply for whatever though. I’ll keep looking for jobs this year.

    • Arleen Bradley permalink*
      January 2, 2012 7:33 am

      Hi Nobuyuki,
      I am happy that I am able to provide you with encouragement. I will continue to provide support for job searchers because I feel that the job searcher is just as important as the job search. Best of luck with you job search, hopefully it will lead to a job soon.

      Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

      Arleen

  4. December 31, 2011 10:27 am

    This is a great post. It is so important to stay positive during your job search which can be a challenge thanks for the reminder

    • Arleen Bradley permalink*
      December 31, 2011 2:36 pm

      Thank you Kevin for your kind words. And yes, staying positive is very important. I have dedicated my coaching practice to keeping job searchers positive.

      Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

      Arleen

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