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Positive mantras

I am in NY this week teaching a workshop for business school alumni called “Strategic Job Search”. I shared the teaching responsibilities with Michael Melcher, an outstanding career coach with NextStep Partners.

25 alums invested an entire day to understanding how to conduct a productive, efficient and strategic job search in this difficult market. In the morning sessions, the participants clarified their Career and Life Vision and defined their job search targets and priorities. In the afternoon, they received resume tips, developed powerful positioning statements, learned how to write effective networking emails, prioritized networking contacts, and answered key interview questions. At day’s end, there was a networking social where the participants and other alumni connected and identified potential new leads to jump-start their job search.

We shared a crucial insight on how to stay positive in this challenging job market: Do not let the everyday news get you down. Think about some of the following ideas to keep you positive and motivated. Post some of these positive mantras in your workspace or on a mirror.

1. There are thousands of companies out there. I only need one job.
2. The world is changing. Change equals opportunities.
3. Firms laid people off. Now they need to upgrade their talent. With someone like me.
4. In this market, there are lots of people looking for jobs. There’s no reason to be embarrassed about it.
5. It’s actually easier to network in this market. People with jobs are more sympathetic and open. Many of them want to grow their own network, too.
6. It’s the beginning of a new era in business. It’s time to find and ride the next wave.
7. The old way of doing business is out. Firms want innovation, creativity and new ways of thinking. And that’s what I can bring to them.
8. Just take it one day, and one person, at a time.

Repeat these positive mantras throughout the process. Carry them with you all the way to the finish line.

What are you doing or telling yourself to stay positive and motivated in your job search?

Category: Job/Internship Search, Networking, Tips for Students

3 Responses to Positive mantras

  1. Andy says:

    Hi Chari,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Starting your own company in this environment isn’t as crazy as some think. After all, there’s no such thing as “job security”, especially in this market. But if you go the start-up route, it’s important to have your eyes wide open (it’s never an easy path), to create a network of supporters (it can be quite lonely), and to stay strong (many folks will say you’re crazy and you must stay healthy and positive).

  2. Career and Life Vision rocks – it really did help me understand what kind of work will make me truly happy – and opened up many previously hidden avenues for getting there!

  3. A bad job market significantly lowers the (perceived) opportunity costs of doing your own thing – a blessing in disguise? Will keep you posted!