Losing and finding new employment or changing careers is a major life-turning point that happens in just about everyone’s lives. The importance of keeping a winning mindset during a job search will ultimately make or break your success. Rather than obsessing over how an employer might see you, how YOU feel about yourself is more important than you might think.
By the end of the 3 Winning Steps, it is my hope that you will feel excited about yourself, the skills you have to offer and be proud of your experience so you can bring all the goodness forward into a prosperous future!
Way to Win #1: Start Where You Are
Alright, so you’ve left your most recent job, and you’re looking for the next opportunity that suits you. Visit your Social Media accounts, especially LinkedIn & Bebee. These two platforms can be used to get your personal brand going. Aren’t “Personal Brands” for entrepreneurs or people with businesses? No way! If you create yourself a fitting individual personal brand, it will help you find work over the board, AND you’ll feel good about yourself for having one! Check out these 19 Essential LinkedIn Profile Tips For Job Seekers.
How You Win With Personal Branding:
You appear serious and more attractive to potential employers.
Easier to determine a good fit with an organization.
Gives you values to identify with and be confident about.
Beefs up your credibility, shows professionalism and self-awareness.
Way to Win #2: Use What You Have
Take a complete inventory of ALL resources you have available to you. Let’s do it together right now. Say you’re in Marketing and we are thinking about ways we can start improving ourselves and developing more skills.
Keep Winning Even In Between Interviews:
Join LinkedIn groups and start engaging. Reach out and connect with people, send customized connection requests. Turn on your personality > You’ve got it, so use it!
Free certifications will pump up your professional profile(s) and expand your knowledge base. One great place is HubSpot. Check out their free certifications offered to anyone. There are exams to pass and a digital certificate is sent to you. Don’t let this piece a value go to waste sitting in your inbox, upload it as Media to your profiles!
Consider taking advantage of LinkedIn’s 30-day Premium Job-Seeker Subscription. This is a goldmine for job-search help and networking opportunities. You can use the LinkedIn free trial ONCE PER YEAR. If you sign-up for the trial on January 1st, 2017, you can then sign-up for it again as of January 1st, 2018 and it is free for another 30 day period. I recommend you use the trial to your best advantage because it is temporary.
Way to Win #3: Do What You Can
There is an aspect of the job search that is out of our control. That is, we can’t force someone to hire us and this must not get you down. When you think you’ve done it all, think harder about how you can step up your game.
Don’t Become Idle!
Update your Resume/CV. Update it until you are beaming proud of it.
Upload your newly made over resume to reputable Job websites, upload it to your professional profiles (ie. LinkedIn).
Watch webinars & listen to Podcasts that interest you. Use these events as networking opportunities too!
Check if there is an employment center or local support in your community. Many cities have Government funded facilities that offer free employment counseling and CV touch-ups for people who are unemployed with no income.
There are many tricks to keep winning during a job search. It takes a little creativity and a perspective outside the box. As you work on these 3 tips, you’ll watch your confidence maintain and even increase, because you are only making yourself better. Good luck on your journey to win!