Still No Job? 3 Tips for Keeping Your Chin Up

Still No Job 3 Tips for Keeping Your Chin Up

The longer a job search drags on, the harder it can get. Bills pile up. That voice of anxiety that was once just a whisper becomes a steady stream of chatter. While it’s tempting to curl up in a ball and have a pity party, that won’t solve the problem. Being proactive can help you stay positive.

Be A Professional Job Hunter

Uncertainty can be devastating to the mind and emotions. If you stay up late because you don’t have anywhere you have to be, you’ll sleep late and feel lethargic. If your job search is sporadic you could end up on an emotional roller coaster, swinging wildly between hope, disappointment and boredom.

Taking charge of your situation begins in the mind. Quit thinking of yourself as a person without a job. Instead, treat your daily job hunt like an actual job.

Plan your day and stick to that plan. Set an alarm and establish a routine. Get dressed in the clothes you would wear going to work. Then spend your time on tasks that will get you closer to your goal.

Research how to make your resume the best it can be. Learn how to write a cover letter that makes employers want to read your resume. Sign up for online training to improve or add skills. Until you find a job, be excellent at looking for one.

Volunteer

When you’re working full time you don’t have much free time on your hands. Use this chance to offer your skills to organizations or people who need them and can’t afford to pay for them or need volunteer help. Volunteering will help you stay positive, and it might help you find a job.

Volunteering connects you with people in your community. You sign up to make a difference and meet others who want to do the same. You’ll find yourself with stronger community ties and a larger social network, which is valuable.

Volunteering provides mental and physical benefits. Being out of work is stressful. A long, drawn-out job search creates feelings of anxiety and sometimes depression. Helping others improves your physical and psychological well-being. A Harvard Health article suggests volunteering could lower blood pressure and provide other health benefits.

Volunteering hones marketable skills. Many opportunities come with training that looks great on your resume. Volunteering will also help you keep current skills sharp while between jobs. Add community and volunteer work to your resume.

Find Help

When you’re looking for a job in the Tyler or Longview area, contact an East Texas staffing firm. At Brelsford Personnel we have decades of experience helping job seekers find the right fit and we have opportunities that aren’t posted anywhere else. We know the Tyler labor market, and for job seekers our services are free. See what jobs we currently have available or submit your resume today.

Should You Take a Temp Job When You Need a Career?

Should You Take a Temp Job When You Need a Career

Holiday hiring is starting, and some East Texans are wondering if they should take a short-term gig or hold out for something more permanent. Temp positions might last only a short time and sometimes can go longer. They also may be like an extended job interview that results in a career.

If you’re offered a short-term position should you take it? Everyone’s situation is different, so we encourage job-seekers to weigh the benefits against the risks.

A Temp Job Means Income

With a temp job, you don’t have the long-term security that comes with a permanent role. You may not be eligible for benefits or vacation time. However, you know for a set time frame what you can count on earning.

When deciding whether to accept a temp job or wait for another potential employer to call, temping pays the immediate bills.

Short-Term Can be a Good Thing

You’ve heard it said that people don’t quit their job, they quit the boss. Last year CBS News reported 51 percent of America’s workers feel disengaged because of their job responsibilities or their supervisor. Hopefully your temporary job will be a positive experience but if it isn’t, you’re not stuck.

You’ll Add Experience to Your Resume

When you have a long gap between jobs, it can look bad. A temporary position fills that gap. (Put it on your resume and indicate that it was temporary.) If you’re a college student or recent graduate, sometimes short-term employment gives you the experience you need to find something more permanent.

You Have the Opportunity to Shine

To have the best chance at making a temp job permanent, treat it like a long-term commitment. Learn as much as you can about the company and your responsibilities. Build relationships with co-workers. Show up early every day dressed for success.

One of the benefits of temping is the ability to gain experience and expose yourself to a variety of personality types and processes. Soak up as much information as you can. Whether your position leads to something more permanent or not, your new skills make you more valuable.

Be on the lookout for ways you can make an impact. If a supervisor asks you to take something on that isn’t one of your assigned tasks, show a willingness to contribute.

If you found your temporary position through Brelsford Personnel or another employment agency, we have a strong relationship with the East Texas company you’re working for. Let us know if you’re interested in a full-time position and if one is available, we can inquire on your behalf.

How to Rock Your First Day on the Job

How to Rock Your First Day on the Job

No matter how excited you are about starting your new job, you’re probably also nervous. It’s hard being the new kid, and you want to make a good first impression on the people you’ll be working with for in the foreseeable future. Try these tips to make that first day a success.

The Night Before

Your nerves are already prickly, so use that extra energy to make the next morning go smoothly. You’ll sleep better if you know you’re prepared.

Dress code varies by workplace. Take your clothing cues from the people who sat in on your interview.

Don’t just pick out what you’ll wear, try it on. If you bought something new to make a strong first impression, make sure it looks as professional in your bedroom mirror as you remember it did in the store. Locate the belt, scarf, shoes and jewelry you intended to wear with it.

If you wear brand new shoes you take the chance you’ll be limping by lunchtime. It’s better to select a pair you know will get you through the day with a spring in your step.

Set your alarm for at least half an hour earlier than you will on most days. Aim to arrive much, much earlier than you are required to. At best you’ll be there early, enter relaxed and make a great first impression. If something goes wrong, you’ll still be on time.

When You Arrive

Take a deep breath before you walk in the door and remind yourself no one expects you to learn everyone’s name and master every procedure on the first day. Show your positive attitude and enthusiasm for your new job and the rest will follow.

Nervousness makes people hunch their shoulders, look down and avoid eye contact, none of which looks friendly. Keep your head up and shoulders back as you meet people. Make eye contact and offer a welcoming smile.

Lean in when people are speaking to show you’re actively listening. Offer a handshake when you meet people, then allow your arms to hang at your sides instead of crossing them.

When you meet people, repeat their name back to them to help yourself remember. Say something like, “It’s great to meet you Samantha, how long have you been with XYZ Company?” If their name is unusual, ask how they spell it to help etch it in your memory.

Throughout the Day

Ask questions and seek help when you need it. People understand you’re new and will likely see your questions as eagerness to do a good job. If you attend training, show up with a note taking device and use it. Stay off your cell phone and don’t use your work computer for personal use.

If people invite you to eat lunch with them or attend an after-hours activity, join them! Express appreciation for the invitation, and for other ways people help you your first day.

In the evening, if the company website includes employee photos, review names and faces. Plan as thoroughly for your second day as you did for the first and you’ll find yourself in a positive routine that brings success in all the days to come.

Sources:
https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-you-must-do-the-night-before-starting-a-new-job
https://www.salary.com/articles/first-days-on-the-job-15-ways-to-make-a-great-impression/
https://www.livecareer.com/career/advice/jobs/first-days-working

Why Someone Else Got the East Texas Job You Wanted

Why Someone Else Got the East Texas Job You Wanted

You thought it was a sure thing. You had all the qualifications and felt like your background and experience made you a perfect fit. You felt a connection with the interviewer. They may even have indicated you could expect to hear good things soon.

That’s why you felt stunned and confused when you heard they gave the job, your job, to someone else. Everyone’s situation is different, but if it happened to you, identifying what went wrong might lead to a better result next time.

The Other Candidate Was an Exact Match

The person interviewing you might have genuinely felt you would probably be their next hire. You already had most of the skills they were looking for and your personality seemed like it would fit well with their existing team.

Then the next person they interviewed seemed like they were tailor-made for the position. You were a good fit, but they were perfect.

They Hired the Most Prepared Interviewee

Think back through your interview. Did some of the questions catch you off guard? Employers hire candidates who have done their research and ask questions like the following:

  • What do you most value about our company’s mission?
  • What about the job description caught your eye?
  • What can you bring to our company?

The candidate they hired may have spent time before the interview in intense study. If they researched the company and had a firm grasp of how their background and skills related to the job description and you didn’t, you may have been outshined.

Employers are looking for specifics. Before your next interview, be sure you can articulate what you bring to the table. Pay special attention to the job description. Think of several specific examples where you have displayed the job characteristics they’re looking for.

The Other Candidate Had These Characteristics

CareerBuilder interviewed 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals in a number of industries. They asked if they were evaluating two candidates and both had the same skills, educational background and work history, how they would decide who to pick. Here are the top three most influential characteristics:

  • 27 percent of hiring managers said they would pick the candidate with a better sense of humor.
  • 26 percent showed preference for people who are involved in the community.
  • 22 percent of interviewers said they would choose the candidate who was better dressed.

If you’ve been passed over for a position, next time show how you have those characteristics. Interviews are stressful, but don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself and show your good nature.

When questions involve your hobbies and interests, mention how you work with your son’s little league team and volunteer unloading cars at the elementary school. Dress for success with the guidelines on our resources page.

Find a Job in East Texas

At Brelsford Personnel, we help East Texans reach their career goals. Submit your resume to us and become one of our registered candidates today.

Sources:
https://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?sd=8%2F28%2F2013&id=pr778&ed=12%2F31%2F2013
https://www.warnersearchgroup.com/news/20-reasons-someone-else-got-the-job-instead-of-you-26503

East Texas BBB Warns of Summer Job Scams

East Texas BBB Warns of Summer Job Scams

Protect Yourself From Scammers

If you’re trying to find a job in East Texas, it might be because you’re unhappy in your current position or you need more money. Unfortunately, scammers use the powerful emotions that drive that job search against you. We talked with Mechele Mills, President of the East Texas Better Business Bureau. She offered straight talk on job scams in our area, along with tips for not being a victim.

East Texas Job Scams

When we asked Ms. Mills what types of job scams she had seen in East Texas, she said they typically fell into the following categories:

  • Work from home jobs – With this type of scam, none of the interviewing is done in person. The scammer and job candidate exchange information through email and there’s never a phone call, video interview or any other personal contact. The goal of this type of scam is typically identity theft. Scammers might ask for personal and sometimes bank account information, saying they need it to evaluate candidates for the position.

 

  • Jobs that require a background check – When people are looking for a nanny or other type of caregiver, it’s normal to ask for a background check. What isn’t normal is to ask for money up front. In this type of East Texas job scam, the fake employer asks for a money order or wire transfer without an interview or any other personal contact.

 

  • Re-shipping schemes – Ads for this type of scheme seek people for package processing or forwarding. Scammers ask people to accept shipments at their home address and send them out again to a different location. They often require prospects to provide their bank account, driver’s license, social security number or PayPal account.

 

  • Grassroots Campaign scams – Recently the BBB has seen postings for jobs campaigning for a cause. People are passionate about campaigning for women’s rights or education reform, and they want to make a difference. Often scammers ask for background check money and steal it.

Technology makes it easy for scammers. They advertise in the Thrifty Nickel, newspaper ads and online.

Red Flags to Watch For

If it seems too good to be true, listen to that inner voice of warning. Job scams often ask people to do something that doesn’t require a lot of experience. The position usually seems to pay more than you would expect for that type of job.

Many scams come from overseas, so poor grammar is also a warning sign. Watch for spelling errors, odd word placement or British English spelling (organise instead of organize, colour instead of color).

Find a Job Opportunity that’s Legitimate

When we asked Ms. Mills how she recommended East Texans identify legitimate job opportunities, she said your best bet is to go through a local employment agency. They have relationships with businesses in the community, know which of those businesses are hiring and can take a personal interest in helping job seekers find a position.

They also know each company’s culture and can find a better fit. They receive their fees from the employer, so there’s never a cost to the job seeker.

Brelsford Personnel talks with job candidates one on one to match them with East Texas employers. Search our online postings today.

Sources:
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Content by Missy for Brelsford Personnel

Resources You’ll Need When Your Job Brings You to Tyler

Resources You’ll Need When Your Job Brings You to Tyler

If your new job is bringing you to East Texas, congratulations! You’re relocating to one of the most beautiful parts of the state, maybe even the nation. When individuals move for employment, it’s like a fresh start, but there are many unknowns. Here Brelsford Personnel provides links and information to help make the transition a little easier.

Connecting Utilities When Moving to Tyler

Inside the city limits Tyler Water Utilities provides water, sewer and trash pickup. If you don’t currently have service with them, you’ll have to stop by their office at 511 W. Locust Street or fill out an online application. They’ll ask for your picture ID, a lease or contract for the address you want service and your social security card.

If you’re moving from out of town you can upload your documentation. Tyler Water Utilities charges a non-refundable $50 connection fee and usually connects service within a business day.

Centerpoint Energy is the gas provider for the area. It’s possible to connect service by filling out their online form or contacting a representative.
Deposits range between $55 and $100 depending on your credit. They usually take a few days to turn on service and require someone be present when they do. They provide a window for their arrival that can stretch over several hours.

There are several choices when it comes to electricity, so it helps to shop online for what best fits your family’s needs. Choose Energy and Power2Switch allow you to compare plans from TriEagle, Frontier, Bounce Energy and other providers.

TXU Energy is the most widely used electricity supplier. They have several billing plans available, and people can order service online or over the phone. TXU runs your credit to evaluate the deposit, and if your credit is good they may waive it altogether. People with credit problems might have to pay up to $250.

Moving to Tyler and School Enrollment

Tyler Independent School District (TISD) provides education for students from kindergarten through 12th grade and offers an online registration process. If your child hasn’t ever attended a TISD school, they ask once you’ve completed online enrollment you bring these documents to your child’s campus:

  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  • Current immunization records
  • Proof of residency like a utility bill or lease agreement in your name
  • Evidence of withdrawal from previous school if your child attended somewhere else
  • Your photo ID

If you’re not sure what school your child should attend, check out the Tyler ISD attendance zone map for the current year, as geographic areas for attending specific schools are in the process of changing.

Resources You’ll Need When Your Job Brings You to Tyler

Smartphone Apps for Moving

Reduce stress during your move by staying organized. Technology can help you take a systematic approach to everything you need to accomplish. Download one of these apps to keep your to-do list handy at all times.

  • Moving Organizer Lite is a free download for Android and iPhone. It comes with checklists for common tasks and helps you keep track of what’s in boxes.
  • MoveAdvisor is basically a calendar app that tells what you need to accomplish week by week when you put in your intended move date.
  • Moving Tips is also free, and offers ideas for expert packing, long-distance moving, protecting your furniture and unpacking at your destination.

If you’re still looking for a job that will allow you to move to Tyler, Brelsford Personnel can help. Check out our online job postings or contact us today.

Sources:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/11/20/8-tips-for-a-successful-job-relocation/
https://www.tylerisd.org/
http://www.cityoftyler.org/Departments/TylerWaterUtilities/WaterServiceCenter.aspx
https://www.txu.com/view-plans.aspx?customerclassification=residential&cint=4&dwel=01&prom=ONGMINITPS&zip=75703&tdsp=ER_ONCOR&eLease=false
https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/

Find a Job in Tyler With These 3 Interview Tips

Find a Job in Tyler With These 3 Interview Tips

Job interviews are stressful. The more you want the position, the more pressure you’re going to feel. Practicing helps settle your nerves, identifies your areas of weakness and helps you be your best when you sit down with a potential employer. Find a job in Tyler when you follow these tips.

Enlist Help

Ask a friend or family member to act as your interviewer. Your spouse or best friend might have trouble remaining objective, so select someone else if possible. If you’re a student, your advisor or career services department might give you an unbiased view.

Set up a time for your practice interview so you can test drive your answers to common interview questions. A mock interview will help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety and help improve your confidence.

Choose someone you can trust to be honest with you. Give them the job posting and any information you’ve gathered about the company. Let them know ahead of time you want their constructive feedback and that their contribution might be the difference between landing your dream job and making mistakes that cost you the position.

Ask them to evaluate not just what you say, but your body language. Do you make eye contact? Do you fidget? Are your answers thorough without being too long? What could you do to more clearly showcase what you’re capable of? When they give you that feedback, really listen.

Find a Job in Tyler With These 3 Interview Tips

Make It As Real As Possible

You may know exactly where your new blouse or your best blazer is hanging in your closet, but that’s not enough. You don’t want to find out your shoe has a broken buckle five minutes before you have to leave for your interview. Get dressed like you’re actually meeting with your interviewer to avoid any surprises and the stress that goes with them.

Print or gather any resources you’ll take to the actual meeting. Refer to them when you practice as you would at your real interview to re-familiarize yourself with their contents.

Start the interview like you will in real life, with a handshake and a greeting. It feels strange to begin that way with someone you already know, but the first few seconds of your real interview can be stressful. It’s easier if you’ve walked through it before.

Practice Common Questions

Some interview questions are common in any industry. Spend some time preparing to answer questions like, “What can you tell me about yourself?” and “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Other questions are industry specific.

Create a list of common interview questions for your industry and give that list to your friend or family member. Even if they aren’t the exact questions your interviewer asks, you’ll gain experience answering similar ones.

Be specific in your answers. Employers don’t just want to hear you’re good at your job, they want to know specific situations where you’ve handled difficult personality types, overcome challenges or developed new solutions that increased profit.

For more on writing your resume, dressing for interview success and communicating effectively, see our resources page. Start looking for your next job when you check our online East Texas job listings today.

Missy Ticer is a blogger and East Texas resident who found her dream job. Content is exclusively for use by Brelsford Personnel.

Sources:

https://www.thebalance.com/job-interview-practice-how-to-rehearse-for-an-interview-2062803

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-do-a-practice-interview-thatll-actually-help-you

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/Practice-Makes-Perfect

Online Security at Your New Job

Online Security at Your New Job

When you start a new job, there’s a lot to learn. You’re meeting new people and adapting to a whole new workplace culture. You’re probably training on new computer software and trying to quickly learn your duties and responsibilities. You want to prove your value to your new employer and make sure your position is secure. One important way to do so is by safeguarding their computer systems and data. Follow these rules to protect yourself and your employer from cyber-attacks.

Be Careful With Email

A large number of attacks businesses and individuals face come through email. Cyber-attackers are devious, savvy and high-tech. They want to trick you into releasing malware into your employer’s system, and they’re good at it.

  • Never click on links in emails – Whether the email comes from your bank, your utility company or the software service you use every day, go directly to their website and log in from there. If it’s really a notification from them, it will be on their website.

 

  • Don’t open attachments – Retailers and software companies don’t send information that way without first letting you know it’s coming. Even if it comes from your mother, if it looks suspicious, don’t open it.

 

  • Guard personal information – social engineering is a process attackers use to trick you into trusting them and providing passwords or other trusted information.

Other Practical Tips

Email is the main way employees let cyber attackers in, but there are other ways you could compromise online security. When you’re new, you may have separate login/password combinations for several programs. Don’t write them on a post-it note and stick it to your monitor. Create a Google doc that contains them or store them on your password protected phone.

If you’re setting your own login information, don’t use common words or phrases. Your co-workers know your birthday, your anniversary and your pet’s name. Use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Make at least one of the letters a capital.

Watch website URLs when you visit. The URL is what you type in the web browser. Cyber criminals sometimes use a variation that is very close to the real thing. You may not notice if you’re clicking on www.bankofamrica.com because it’s so similar to the real thing.

Keep from compromising your employer’s security when you take devices home. Password protect your laptop or other mobile device so even if it’s lost or stolen, the data stays safe. If something happens, tell your employer immediately. It’s better to alert them of a potential security risk than to allow data to fall into the wrong hands.

Online Security at Your New Job

Regularly Update Security Features

It’s annoying when that message pops up that says your anti-virus or software needs an update, but get in the habit of doing it right away. Developers continually create security patches for software as attackers find new vulnerabilities to exploit.

Anti-virus software protects your computer by detecting and removing viruses before they can cause damage. If you don’t update, it’s like not getting a flu shot every year. You may have been protected last year, but this year there’s a new strain.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team provides ongoing updates about online security issues as they develop. See a list of security vulnerabilities by week on their site to stay in the loop.

Brelsford Personnel has 35 years of experience placing qualified candidates in jobs they love. Experience our fresh approach when you check out our job board today.

*Missy Ticer is a blogger and East Texas resident who found her dream job. Content is exclusively for use by Brelsford Personnel.

Obvious signs your employee is looking for a new job

Obvious signs your employee is looking for a new job

Jane McNeill

Managing Director NSW & WA at Hays

[Courtesy of linkedin.com]

Every day, many people around the world make the brave and exciting decision to leave their current employer in pursuit of a new challenge. It’s an inevitable part of the world of work. However, despite this, hiring managers are often left in a state of shock or even panic when a member of their team hands in their notice unexpectedly.

So, as a hiring manager, what can you do to pre-empt this feeling and plan accordingly? From my experience, there are a number of signs which could indicate a member of your team may be looking elsewhere. As such, I’ve outlined a few of these below.

Admittedly, whilst these signs may not mean much in isolation of one another, I would say a combination of these behaviours is a strong indicator that a member of your staff is about to jump ship, and it’s time to start preparing.

1. They’re using their personal phone more often

If your employee is frequently disappearing outside to speak on their personal phone, or they seem to be using it more often than usual during work hours, then I would class this as one of the signs that they may be speaking to a recruiter or hiring manager. However, I do urge you not to jump to conclusions here – there may be something happening in their personal lives, which requires them to use their phone more. Just keep an eye on how often this happens, especially if it is affecting how productive they are being. And, this brings me onto my next point.

2. Their performance has slipped

Sometimes when an employee can see an end in sight, they tend to clock off mentally, which will inevitably impact on their performance and productivity. This will be evident in their level of involvement during meetings, and whether they seem to be paying less attention or contributing fewer ideas than before. You should also keep an eye on the quality and output of work they are producing.

3. Their attendance has dropped

Is your employee starting to get into the habit of leaving early or turning up late? Are they requesting random days off in the middle of the week at short notice? This is a common clue that they’re going to interviews.

4. They are acting non-committal

If this member of the team won’t commit to future projects or stays quiet during conversations surrounding these, I would suggest that this is because they know they won’t be there to see them through.

5. They are turning up to work looking smarter than usual

Your employee may be arriving to work dressed more formally than usual. If this is the case, then they may well have had an interview that morning, or will have one lined up for their lunch break or after work. This is more than likely to be the case if they normally turn up looking fairly casual.

6. They are more active on LinkedIn

Have you noticed this team member updating their profile, getting involved in more conversations, connecting with more people, and even asking for recommendations on LinkedIn? If so, chances are they are using LinkedIn as part of their job searching process. It’s just a shame that they don’t know how to keep their activity hidden from your news feed.

7. They are distancing themselves

If this employee is acting more distant, whether it’s avoiding work social occasions, or simply making less conversation with colleagues, then this could be an indication that they’re starting to disengage with the team, and almost starting to prepare to leave mentally. Again, this could be put down to their personal matters, so always check that everything is ok with this individual in terms of their wellbeing before you presume that their behavior is work related.

8. They recently asked for something (and didn’t get it)

Whether it’s a pay rise, promotion or training course, this employee, for whatever reason, may have just been refused one of their requests. This may have left a bitter taste in their mouth, and prompted them to look elsewhere. If any of the above behaviors follow a situation where they asked for something and didn’t get it, then I would say it’s safe to consider that this employee may be looking to leave.

Don’t jump to conclusions

Remember that the above signs are also an indication that this employee is simply unhappy, whether it’s personal or work-related, and are not looking for another job at all. You may just need to check in with them to get the full story and find out if there is anything you can do to help. If this conversation doesn’t provide any explanation as to why this employee is acting differently, and you still believe they are looking elsewhere, start to brace yourself practically (and emotionally) for the moment that resignation letter lands on your desk.

What next?

If this employee does decide to explore pastures new, then start working with an expert recruiter on your hiring strategy, from what the job description will include, to the types of questions you will ask.

 

Laid off? See Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude During Job Search

By: Catherine Adenle

[Courtesy of articlesbase.com]

Laid off See Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude During Job Search

A major feature of unemployment is that it is another cross-road in your life and only you can choose which direction you take. There are very few opportunities like this in your life. Paradoxically, while you may not have chosen the redundancy or lay off situation, it has delivered the opportunity for you to now carefully choose your future direction. However, realizing this is crucial because you have to first maintain a positive mental attitude and use the same positive attitude to do a job search.

While maintaining a positive attitude is vital to a successful job search, there will be times when you get discouraged. It may seem impossible to revive that positive energy level. But there are many things you can do to bring your good outlook back to life and keep it in good shape.

Think of the following tips as a crash course in job search CPR – Cheerful, Positive, Resuscitation.

Remember to feel good about yourself.

This is a golden rule and the key to a positive attitude. Remember, all the points that follow this are ways of helping you feel good about yourself. Remember, no one else can feel good for you. Reach out to that wonderful place inside you where no one else has control over and bring it to the surface and let it radiate through your being.

Talk positively about yourself and your abilities.

Don’t talk yourself down. Be very positive about yourself, your skills and your achievements. You were not sacked, you were not made redundant, the position you were in was made redundant due to business refocus! Think about all your achievements in the past and be happy about them. Be proud of yourself and let it show in your talk, walk and the way you see life. What you call yourself is what people will call you. What you believe about yourself is the foundation of all your future actions.

Take total charge!

Only you can do it, roll up your sleeves, be ready to get your hands dirty and take charge. Be present, be visible, be accountable, stand out and be ready. Accept full responsibility for your life and your job search. It is not up to your partner, mother, father, girlfriend or boyfriend, or your aunt Tania in ‘God knows where’ to find you a job. Although it is important that you expand your circle of influence by networking like there is no tomorrow and your network will be a definite help, but YOU are responsible for the success of your job search so learn to be a superstar job seeker. If you don’t have a job, your current job is that of a Job Search Manager.

Let go of regrets about the past.

Move on, instead of blaming yourself or anybody and constantly rehashing past mistakes, take the opportunity to learn from the past. Build on past experiences to improve yourself and your abilities. Waste no time on unproductive thoughts and things. Be pragmatic and live in the present with a focus on a new beginning.

Attitude is contagious.

Surround yourself with supportive, positive people. Walk away from nay sayers, or emotional vampires. Don’t let them drain you of your positive energy.

Stop worrying about the future.

While you don’t want to live in the past, you also don’t want to live in the future. I know that worrying is a habit, get past it, you can change the habit if you really try. If you find yourself stuck in a negativity rut, shovel yourself out by focusing on your hopes and dreams rather than on your fears. Dust yourself off and put solutions in place to help you get to where you dream of.

Flatter yourself.

The job search period is no time to be humble. Make a list of every positive feedback that you ever received and why. Read every complimentary e-mail and things said about you that you can find. Letters of praise, past awards, performance appraisals, or any other positive recognitions you have are good ways to remind yourself of your worth and talents. Paste these things on a wall or a bulletin board in your work area at home to boost your spirits whenever you feel a little down.

Start each day on a positive, upbeat note.

Trust me, the start of your day will set the tempo for everything that follows. So it is important that you do something every morning that will put you in a good mood, whether that is taking a walk, walking your dog, listening to some upbeat music, twittering, blogging, running, surfing the Internet, doing a crossword, or just relaxing with a good cup of coffee or tea.

Get physical!

Don’t vegetate on a sofa with a remote in one hand and a pile of biscuits feeling sorry for yourself. You’ve heard the saying, “healthy body, healthy mind.” Keep yourself healthy and in good physical shape. This will boost your energy level and make it easier to maintain a positive mental attitude. Exercise regularly, eat a well-balanced diet, get enough sleep, chill out with positive friends and not the ones that will talk your emotions down. Turn the volume of your music up and dance but don’t disturb your neighbors!

Create a ‘job search’ schedule and stick to it.

Knowing what you are supposed to do each day can prevent you from feeling lost or bored. Sticking to your schedule as closely as possible will provide focus to your job search.

Keep up appearances

Turn your cool and professional swagger on. While nobody expects you to wear a suit and tie every day on your job search, try not to dress too casually. Keep your work space and living space neat and tidy. Set a positive framework for your job search.

Take a team approach to finding a job.

Even if the team is only two people, it is helpful to have somebody else to share ideas with and to review your progress on a regular basis. Talk to your former colleagues and share tips. Talk about what success will look like and how to get there. Go for a drink and discuss in a happy environment.

Accept your cycles.

While it is important to maintain a positive attitude, it’s unrealistic to think that you will be 100% positive forever. The trick is not to get down on yourself when you get down. Set a time limit on how long (10 minutes, for example) you will allow yourself to stay down when you feel a little depressed.

Join a professional group.

If you are looking for a job in a certain profession, join LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. ‘Follow’ the company, ‘friend’ them and ‘like’ their products. Comment on their recent developments and follow their news. However, be professional at all times. Joining an association can be an excellent way to keep up to date on developments and trends. It will help you develop your network and put you in contact with people that have interests similar to yours.

Keep growing.

Continue to develop your skills and knowledge while looking for work. Do this by:

  1. Taking a class.
  2. Attending free webinars
  3. Taking part in Twitter (professional) chats
  4. Attending conferences, workshops and seminars.
  5. Reading pertinent articles on the web
  6. Creating a blog of your own
  7. Subscribing to RSS feeds
  8. Subscribing to trade magazines.
  9. Reading the newspaper and other current-affair magazines.
  10. Doing volunteer work that uses the skills and knowledge you want to use in your next job. If you are not immediately successful in finding work, you might start to question your skills and qualifications. Keeping on top of the skills, knowledge and trends in your field will make you feel positive about your ability to do the type of work you want to do.

Don’t take rejections personally.

Very few people land the very first job they apply to or are interviewed for. Your attitude really depends on how you look at things. You can see a job rejection as a personal attack on your abilities or character, or you can see it as an opportunity to grow and learn more about yourself.