How to Look for a Job and Keep Your Sanity

This is the first of a five-part article about how to find the job you want while remaining sane.  I threw in the sanity part because I know from personal experience that sanity is fleeting when you’re in job search mode.  I’ve been through down-sizing, right-sizing, under-sizing and over-sizing.  All of these changes led me to accepting a mission to change the way we look for jobs and keep our sanity.  The heavens didn’t open up and “The Hand” appear with instructions.  Nothing that flashy….although that’s exactly what happened when I got the news about saving the “adverb”.  Sanity wanes when fear takes over, especially when you’re looking for a job.  When you need to be at your very best, you can find yourself paralyzed by fear and doubt.  That’s why it’s imperative that you Take Back Your Career -

There are four essentials that you will need to embrace. To help you understand why these essentials are”ASAP material” consider the odds are of you losing your job-- “Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say they know someone who has either been laid off or lost their job in the last six months, according to a new Gallup Poll. And that's the highest in Gallup's history of asking this question.”

With that happy news here we go….I don’t want you to panic.  Adopt these four essentials and take control today:

  1. Start your job search now, especially if you’re employed.
  2. Commit to life-long networking.
  3. Know that YOU are the product and you need a brand.
  4. Keep your sense of humor….it’s only temporary!

You are in control of your life and your career.  It’s very easy to forget that when we’re comfortable in a job or when we’ve been laid off.  Once we surrender control to others, we’re at a huge disadvantage.  I aspire in the “focus and attack” life/career model. What that means is that I’m very focused on my goals and attack challenges every day to break through and attain success.

Through this series of articles, I’ll share what I’ve learned so you don’t make the same mistakes I made….you’ll make new ones and that’s OK.  The important thing is that you keep moving toward your goal and keep your sanity.  I did it and so can you!  Ready?

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