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Your job-hunting state of mind

As you've probably heard, you should treat your job search as a job itself. To do that, people set up spreadsheets, schedule time for certain activities, and other organizational methods to keep them on task. Those are all important, but before you start putting it all together you must first make sure your head is in the right place.

In the current job market, especially in the Detroit area, you're competing with a lot of people for a small number of jobs. In addition, companies have put systems in place to keep you at arm's length. If you let it, this can lead to frustration that will derail your entire effort. You have to keep yourself positive, which is no short order. Here are some ways to help do this:

  • Envision your end goal. Lay out the details of your ideal position and acceptable positions. Keep these in front of you at all times so the end goal is always in sight.
  • To the best of your abilities, purge your mind of worry. Even if you are in a desperate spot, you don't want to be taken advantage of. This will be less likely if you keep yourself in a confident state of mind. Even if you're backed into a corner, don't let anyone else think you are.
  • Set out small goals for yourself (companies called, people contacted, interviews scheduled) and celebrate hitting them. It might be a while until you get to the final goal, so concentrate on the small victories along the way. This will help keep you from sinking into frustration over what's not happening.

Given where the economy is coming from, an improved job market will still be slow. Even a candidate with in-demand skills can find the process an uphill climb. A great attitude can't change that fact, but can help you cope with it and give you the drive to hit your end goal.


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