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Don’t Let Your Job Search Steal Your Self Worth

December 8th, 2011

There cannot be anything more damaging to your self-esteem than a long-term job search. Each day, you submit applications, go to interviews and wait for the phone to ring. It does not happen. There always seems to be someone else that is a better fit for the position or may be better qualified. It can be frustrating, but there are steps you can take to avoid this type of depreciation of self worth.

You Have to Hold Onto Self Confidence

When you do head in for an interview, the interviewer knows right away just how self-confident you are from the way you carry yourself. Most employers want an individual who is confident (not arrogant) and can do the job with a positive attitude. The question is, then, how do you balance a self esteem-bashing job search with a job-landing attitude?

The following are some tips to help you to keep your motivation high and your self-worth intact throughout your job search.

  • Make sure you have motivation each day. That means being active in motivating yourself through positive thinking, rewarding yourself for small accomplishments and through monitoring your success.
  • Read your resume. Look at your qualifications closely. You have accomplished a great deal and it is right there, on paper.
  • Do something beneficial to your overall attitude at least once a week. Some experts say that doing culturally significant activities help. This includes going to see a musical or taking in a museum. It shows what the mind can accomplish if you give it a chance.
  • Be active in your professional organization or industry even if it is in a non-paying way. Attend local organization meetings. Join in the conversation online. Stay up to date and be involved.
  • Do something good for others. This allows you to count your blessings and to feel good about yourself. Volunteer your time to help the disabled or to work with children who are less fortunate. Be involved in community activities. These are all great networking opportunities, too.
  • Remove yourself from the constant negative environment around you. For example, avoid reading the newspaper. Avoid being around negative people who pull you down with them. Rather, surrounding yourself with a positive environment so your mind frame is naturally uplifting.

Be realistic, too. There will be times when you feel awful and you simply cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. Those who are in a long, drawn out job search are likely to go through periods where it seems futile applying for jobs or going to interviews. However, it pays to keep doing so.

While at interviews, learn what is making the employer hire another person over you. Ask what you could do to have landed the job instead. Then, keep pushing forward. You may need more education. If so, work towards that. If you learn that the person got a job because of their experience, find ways to intern or volunteer to boost your resume.

Your self-esteem may take a beating from time to time when you are dealing with job searching, but if you keep plugging away and keep looking for positive things along the route, you will get to your final destination faster. For help in your job search, be sure to check out the employment resources that Concorde Personnel offers today!

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How a Struggling Job Market Has Affected Generation Y Workers

November 25th, 2011

There is no denying the fact that the US economy is struggling and the job market has a bleak outlook. For Generation Y, though, the implications go farther than most realize. Even if the market picks up in a year, or a few, this generation which is poised to enter into the working years of life, is likely to be struggling for decades to come.

Who Are They?

Generation Y, also known as the “Millennial Generation”, are those aged 15 to 30 right now who are graduating college, entering the workforce or even just picking out a career path to take themselves on. These individuals consist of one of the largest generations in the history of the country and, by far, are the most educated generation ever. However, not all of this still may prepare them for their bleak future.

The Job Market Now

Plenty of signs show that the job market will continue to improve, but it is likely it will do so at a very slow pace. The result, then, for this generation of Americans will be fewer positions available. Many will face challenges like the following:

  • Paying back hundreds of thousands of dollars in education debt on minimal salaries
  • Taking unpaid internships because they cannot find positions
  • Taking low income positions because they can’t find anything else
  • Taking positions outside of their field of study
  • Entering entry-level positions in their field far later than previous generations.
  • Difficulty in finding promotions and climbing the ladder of success because they will lack fundamental skills often learned during these first years of employment in their fields.
  • Many will have and will maintain lower salaries for years to come because they did not move up the ladder fast enough.

In an article on Knowledge Wharton, management professor Matthew Bidwell says, the following. “If you don’t get a decent job in your first five years in the workforce, do you ever? You don’t develop the stable work habits or the self-esteem to move up the corporate ladder. It’s a horrendous waste of human capital.”

Late Starts

Those who graduate in 2011 are unlikely to find the positions they went to school for available to them. Those who graduate in 2012 may face the same fate. If by 2013 new jobs are available because the economy is moving, those graduates from 2011 and previously, not to mention from 2012 and 2013 will be competing for the same positions. More so, these graduates are already several years behind in their careers and that could plague them for many more years to come.

As individuals, it is important to consider this information carefully prior to entering into just any career field for study. More so, the graduates of this year and previous years must find a way to create a new path that allows them to push past the risks they face overall of not entering in a stable career for years to come. Not doing so could impact the quality of their lives for years to come.

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