If you have been out of work for any length of time, you are probably wishing you had a magic wand to wave over your job search. You wish the magic wand will find THE job you are looking for now. You will do anything to stop the torture.
Well, unfortunately, there isn’t anything like that. You still have to do the work without the help of the fantasy world. There is help out there; you just need to know what you are looking for and where to find it. Below is a partial list of the help that is available to you and where you can find it.
Network: your network is one of the best resources you have. The better quality of your network, the better help you get. Quality over quantity is preferred in your job search.
LinkedIn: this site is your electronic Rolodex updated by the people in your network. It is a research tool for finding openings, preparing for interviews and finding new people to add to your network.
Career One Stop Centers: you will find job openings, information about conducting a job search, and professionals willing to help you with whatever you need.
Job Search Networking Support Groups: the purpose of this group is to keep you motivated while you are on the emotional roller coaster called job search. The members keep you moving forward by making you accountable for your job search activities and by providing you with leads, tips and advice.
Internet: you can find people, companies, open positions, and all sorts of job search help you need. It’s all right there at the end of your fingertips.
The above list has valuable information for you to conduct a successful job search. However, there is one thing not on the list. The one remaining piece is the magic that will make your search victorious. Only you can access it and use it.
It’s your attitude. If you think you can, you can. If you are a pleasant person, others will be happy to help you. Pleasant means humble, grateful, happy, patient and cooperative. Your attitude is the magic that gets people to help you instead of avoid you. It makes the difference in your interview by being enthused and energetic instead of depressed and hopeless. You choose your attitude, and it plays an enormous role in your success.