The Holidays are Over, Time to Get Back to the Job Search.

They’re over!  The holidays are finished.  My husband and I took down the tree and put away the decorations.  There are no more Christmas cookies.  And the left Two Men Talking in Restaurantovers are all gone.   If you’re like us, you’re ready to get back to normal life.

What is everyday life for a job searcher?  It varies by person.  But there are some things most job searchers should be doing to get their next job.

 Network:  If you made any new contacts during the holidays, now is the time to connect with them.  Start with an email introducing yourself to remind them whom you are and where you met.  Then ask them for coffee. Don’t start off by talking about your need for a job.  Talk about how you can help them, your mutual acquaintances or interests.  Remember you are building a relationship.

 Network:  Continue to meet new people.  Go to networking events or any other events where you will meet people.  Get out of the house and away from the computer.  Join Toastmasters and/or other civic groups.  Looking into professional organizations. 

 Take care of you:  Eat healthy, get exercise and plenty of rest.  There are many reasons for this.  You want to stay healthy so that you won’t have to cancel any interview that may come up due to illness.  Eating healthy and exercising will help you manage stress.  Stress is one of your biggest enemies at this time.  It zaps your energy and prevents you from moving on.

 Take a look at your job search:  Follow companies you want to work for on LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Alerts.  Stay in touch with people who work at those companies.  Create a résumé for each job you apply for including your achievements and key words found in the advertisement. 

 Update your look:  Get a fresh haircut, maybe even a new style.  Check out your interview attire. There are many sales going on now where you can replace worn, outdated or the wrong size clothes.  You don’t have to replace everything, but having a new piece freshens look and makes you feel better.

 Get support:  Join or start a job search networking support group. The sharing of tips and leads and being accountable for your activities while supporting each other makes all the difference in your job search.  The support you receive and give others is essential in a successful job search. 

 Don’t worry be happy:  Smile and laugh even when you don’t’ feel like it.  People are much more willing to help happy people than desperate people.  Stay positive.  The law of attraction says that what you put into the universe is what you will receive.  If you see yourself as successful, you attract success. 

 There is nothing difficult to do here.  But it takes you to commit to your success.  These are things that you have to do for yourself if you are going to get the job you want.  Stay with it and don’t give up.  It will happen before you know it. 

Arleen Bradley is a certified career coach and certified job loss recovery coach.  She assists clients in moving beyond job loss grief in order to land dream jobs.  To learn more about the Job Loss Recovery Program and how you can benefit from it, log on to   http://www.arleenbradley.com.

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