5 Tips to Help You Get Over the Job Search Blues

Chris Curran author and personal career coach shares tips of beating the job search blues.

There is no denying that we are in tough economic times. Unemployment is still high (especially in New Jersey) , the price of food and gas continues to fluctuate and real estate is still struggling. Added to that is that many  people in the tri-state are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Watching the news can make even the most optimistic person depressed. but for those in career transition the importance of staying positive is critical.

Chris Curran shared some useful tips to beat the job search blues in his workshop at the Aikman Center, Thursday, October 15 on how to stay mentally motivated.  Focusing on the positive brings positive energy and people to our lives. For example even if unemployment is 9 or 10 percent there are still at least 90 percent of people working.  Looking at the positive side is a key to staying mentally motivated with your job search.


#1 Master the Art of Visualization
We think in pictures not words. Without pictures there is confusion. Everyone should take time to write down Curran their dream job no matter how off the wall it seems. After doing this close your eyes and visualize tyourselfdoing that job.  Often times there are aspects of a job that we are attracted that can be found in related fields.  Perhaps your dream was be an actor. This could mean that you are attracted to positions that emphasize creativity and public speaking.

The first step of achieving a goal is to see yourself doing the job and living the life you want.  This exercise should be done for at least five minutes everyday.

Writing down a goal or creating a collage of the job or life you want to obtain can make achieving our goals more real.  This exercise will help you take steps to achieving what you visualize


#2 Master the Art of Positive Thinking

Focusing on negative statistics becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Thoughts influence our feelings in the subconscious thus effecting our actions.  You must reject negative thoughts. People who think that everything around them is horrible convey that in their lives. Even in a bad economy there are more people working than not.  When those negative thoughts pop in your head chase them away with positive thinking.

Hiring managers want to hire positive, enthusiastic and qualified people. When you go into the interview think of the positive things that you could do for the company and remember you were called in for an interview because the hiring manager saw you as a possible fit.


#3 Master the Art of Meditation

Meditating is blocking out all other thoughts and focusing on one particular thought. Some may even think of prayer as a form of meditation.  Everyone needs time to recharge their lives. Motivation and achieving goals starts with the thoughts. People who visualize doing something through meditation have a greater chance of accomplishing that goal.


#4 Master the Art of Using Conception of the Brain

There are six mental faculties or “mental muscles” are the tools we have as humans. They are perception, will, imagination, memory, intuition, and reason. Most people have weak mental muscles and don’t use all their mental tools to achieve their goals.  It is your subconscious that controls your results in life not your conscious mind. We can positive use our imagination and intuition to positively influence our perception and reasoning.  Job seekers should make it a habit to use their mental muscles to create new career opportunities for themselves.

#5 Master the Art of Positive Talk

We have to be our own cheerleaders. Verbally expressing positive thoughts and actions can change your outlook and attitude about your job situation. Get into the practice of giving yourself a pep talk each day before leaving the house.  Even telling yourself that you will meet someone who will help you find a job will make you more perceptive to those opportunities.

Don’t limit positive conversation to your daily pep talk make it the norm to speak positively when interacting with others. We all like to be around positive people including hiring managers. People like to be around positive people


Chris Curran is the author Leap Beyond Your Limits: How to Command and Rule Your Own Future and the owner of Goal Ability.  He does speaking engagements, seminars and one-on-one coaching. His website is www.goalability.com. He can be reached at 973-206-2309 or info@goalability.com.

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