As this article I found through the Wall Street Journal points out, despite a bleak outlook in the job market, what separates those who will succeed from those who won’t is often willpower. Who’s going to keep pushing through the tough times and who isn’t?
The key is to stop following the crowd of other job seekers that read the headlines of doom and gloom and who simply chase job openings.
I spoke to someone last week who said they were just sitting back and waiting for the market to change before putting themselves back out there and starting to look for a job. This is what a lot of job seekers are doing today. What they are trying isn’t working, and when they see the headlines, they get discouraged that it won’t get better – so they get apathetic.
The truth is that many job seekers would rather be the victim than looking at how they could change their approach in order to discover options they didn’t know about, or had not considered in the past. It’s always a hard thing to look at yourself critically, determining whether or not this is you. But it’s something you MUST do!
It’s important to remember that what you you focus on expands. So, shouldn’t you rather focus on discovering new possibilities than on being another statistic? There are possibilities. You just have to be comfortable with the idea of putting yourself out there to discover them. To do this, you have to develop a real plan so that you have actions that yield the discovery of new possibilities.
It’s a different way of thinking. It’s not what the crowd of job seekers are doing. And it’s likely you may need some help in developing it. Reach out to a mentor, or consider talking to a Career Coach.
So in the end, here’s the big question: Are you willing to be different than the crowd?