After three hours of Sunday morning Political Talk it is unbelievably difficult not to be cynical and proclaim like Shakespeare, a pox on both your houses (literally). It is extremely trying in the current state of affairs not to point to the negatives. With practically the entire population of the United States finding much to be distraught about, it is time to look forward and not lament about current or past matters.
For the job seeker, the individual who is in a career transition it is vital to remain positive. Without a favorable attitude the predicament you currently find yourself in can be even more distressing. Let’s face it, unless you are on drugs it is virtually impossible to maintain a positive mental attitude 24 hours a day, despite what W. Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill have written. To succeed you must work at being positive or inevitably it becomes a fait accompli.
“There is a little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” – W. Clement Stone.
Though it is instructional to have a post mortem on previous career stops and it’s certainly worthwhile to diagnose failed interviews during your current state; success will only be achieved if you move on. It is so easy to fall into a realm of despondency if you allow yourself to go there. It is quite simple to blame others for your current scenario; like our representatives in Washington, those blame games really don’t achieve much. A forward movement is always a positive movement which will eventually result in success.
“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca.
Though it is so easy to fall into a “woe is me” routine, a job seeker must continually remind himself that this too is a learning opportunity and that the future can and will be a better place to be. The secret for success is that whenever a job seeker is depressed, he must double his efforts to get to the end zone, finish line, home.
Everyday is a learning opportunity. Make sure you maintain your prospects by networking daily. Contacts are vital and will eventually find you your next career stop. If you haven’t heard from some of your friends and associates lately – give them a call. For whatever reason, some people would rather hear from you than initiate the contact. It is the old “out of sight – out of mind” situation. Continually update your contemporaries with what is going on in your life and in your search and through such a conversation, a new idea or job possibility might come to the top.
Like in any disappointment, you need to advance forward one day at a time. Though most job seekers pay attention to the long view, it is comforting to know that today was a good day and that you have already set things in place to duplicate that attitude for tomorrow. Get out of that “you against the world” mode you find yourself in periodically and start working with others to find just that right future spot for yourself.
Moving on is a key philosophy for success. Concentrating upon tomorrow is a great means of getting through today. Success is achieved through hard work and unfortunately a job seekers has probably the toughest job in today’s society. Competition is fierce, but with a great approach and a positive attitude – success is on the horizon.
Dan Borschke is a Certified Association Executive who has been A CEO for 3 distinct trade associations in his career. He is one of only 230 Association Executives who has been granted with the prestigious designation of Fellow by the American Society of Associaiton Executives since 1986. He currently is between positions and has written more than 50,000 words or 100 blog postings on the topics of job search and career transition.
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