Overcoming Fear and Adjusting your Attitude

If you go through your job search with the wrong attitude, it’s going to be a downward spiral with a potentially unhappy ending. The good news is… you can prevent this.

You need to make career decisions from a position of strength or possibility and not out of fear, weakness or other negative feelings. It may take practice, but creating that feeling of strength and optimism can happen.

Here are some suggestions on how to do this:

  • Worrying does not help – Taking action does. Do something about the challenges you’re facing.
  • Evaluate your decision making process - Take some time to notice how you approach decisions. Are you approaching them with confidence and strength? If the answer is yes, then you’ll know that you’re getting a positive outcome as a result of your positive attitude and actions. If you approach decisions with fear or anger, then, conversely, you’ll notice the result is much less constructive.
  • Practice being positive – Consciously practicing being positive may feel strange at first so I encourage you to take small steps. Notice how you are feeling about the decisions you are making. If you are experiencing ‘bad vibes’ then it might be time to shift your mindset, or to table that important decision until you feel more comfortable and confident.
  • Invest in yourself - While money may seem tight right now, one of your best bets is to spend your resources making yourself invaluable to your current or potential employer. When you invest in education – through additional classes to beef up skills or through advanced programs to learn new skills – you enhance your value and marketability.

Join our job search teleclass "Stop Spinning in Your Job Search – 3 Ways to Get Ahead of the Traffic" on Friday July 17, 2009 at 12:00 noon ET. Register here.

Helping you get back in the driver's seat,

Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coaching