Sunday, August 23, 2009

Running and your job search

So I'm jumping into the blogosphere. "Write what you know" is the advice I've been given. I work as college career strategist and I am a fitness instructor. These two things are not mutually exclusive. So here we go...

I'm watching the World's Track and Field Championship, Men's 800 meter. These runners must train physically and mentally to compete at this level. Many are known as the best runners in the world. During the 800 meter run, one of the runners tripped and fell. For most runners this would be a race ending event. But this guy got back up and started running again. It would have been easy to give up. But he was determined to keep going. That's how it is with a job search.

Sometimes we feel we have done everything possible to find a job or even a career. Yet when we don't have immediate results we are ready to give up or place blame. We blame the economy. We blame other people. But just like running, you must train mentally for your job search. While there's a lot of information out there on resumes and interviewing, few people talk about your state of mind and attitude during your search.

Your attitude is the most important tool you have in a job search. And yes, you ALSO need a stellar resume and outstanding interview skills. Despite what you hear on the news, you should not panic but plan and pray about your job search. Prepare by possesing a strong belief that you have skills employers want. Target industries and employers where you want to work, then be flexible. Keep a good attitude even when employers are not quickly responding to your inquries. Try encouraging someone else in an area of life where you are confident. It changes your outlook when you help someone else. Just remember, even if you fall down for a moment you can get back up!

Run the race with endurance, keep the faith and don't give up. Read 1 Cor.9:24-27 and Jer.29:11