Increase Your Chances of Success
Mine would be, too, if I faced rejection after rejection — or, even worse, no response after no response. It’s a common problem among millions of Americans these days, and it’s the WORST position to be in when you’re searching for work.
That’s why you have to muster all the confidence and poise you can find: become an actress, steal it, appropriate it, do whatever it takes to feel and show your very best.
• Rise and shine. Wake up early every day as if you’re reporting to work.
• Readjust your Ps. Focus on connecting with people and having conversations, instead of simply applying blindly for positions. (Talk to us on Facebook too.)
• New do. Get your hair done. Can’t afford it? Ask your hairdresser for a temporary break or contact a beauty school for a complimentary service.
• Tidy up. Clean and rearrange your house. Find fresh flowers for your desk. Get organized: a brightened workspace makes you more focused.
• C-free zone. Don’t complain about ANYTHING for a month — well, start with a day, then a week.
Declare a “no complaining” zone around yourself — not about your kids, current or former spouse, parents, friends, creditors, former employers — anyone who might normally drive you nuts. Promise yourself that nothing is going to make your skin crawl during this time. The idea is to find the blessings, not the curses. To focus on the good, not the maddening.
I could go on and on, but you get the drill. Will a new hairstyle get you hired? No way, and of course a cut or color alone won’t do the trick. But its effect on you, your mood and your attitude will absolutely increase your chances of success. It puts an extra bounce in your step — and that’s a pretty important element when looking for work.
Will 20 minutes on Facebook or LinkedIn every day result in a new job? Maybe, maybe not, but it’ll definitely expand your network of connections, which is key to getting hired. You know someone who knows someone who can connect you to your next employer. It’s the 2011 version of the old boys club; the Internet has leveled the playing field.
Finally, rethink your overall approach. Many times when we’ve tried something over and over with no results, we tend to give up. Instead of doing that, wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a new rosy outlook. This isn’t about the power of positive thinking. It’s really about expecting success instead of automatically resigning yourself to failure. Anyone who has recently been hired after a long–term search will tell you this works.
Our five free Women For Hire career expos this season (dates and locations are on WomenForHire.com) will not only feature great employers, but more career resources than ever before. We’re planning extensive job search and career development support services for you, so mark your calendars.