Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Job Search: Marathon or Walk in the Park?

Looking for a new job is one of the toughest task syou will ever endure. It is a marathon that tests your internal fortitude and only the fittest will survive. Start training today!

When preparing for any marathon, it is important to start training for it. Unless your name is Forrest Gump, you don’t get up on a sunny morning, put on a pair of running shoes and decide to go for a casual jog, that ends up being 26 miles long. You will need a plan to help ensure your success:

  1. Plan your job search in detail. Identify the route[s] that will help you succeed. Change routes on a regular basis. Know that the fittest folks can run the hills as well as well as the plateaus.

  2. Check your breathing; pace yourself. Being ‘winded’ or gasping for breath for the entire run is not healthy. Be calm and work each resume and cover letter - know your potential employers.

  3. Harness support from fellow runners. Only those who are in the race with you truly know how gruelling the race can be.

  4. Improve your inner dialogue.“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!’” ~ Henry Ford

  5. Visualize what ‘success’ looks like for you.

  6. Remain open minded to the course, as it will not always be a straight line. This new courses will give you the opportunity to be exposed to new possibilities, new ideas and new experiences, all of which can be drawn upon in the future.

  7. Surround yourself with those who can cheer you on.

Once you have learned how you deal with setbacks, obstacles and problems that cross your path, you will be ready for the many challenges that success brings.