Recently I was told that my department was no longer going to be doing its work in-house and that it would be jobbed out. For the first time in a long time I had to actively look for a job. I am going to share with you three things that I do to keep myself positive during this process.
First: Face Your Problem. Winston Churchill once said: “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!” Own up to the fact that you have to look for a job. No one likes looking for a job. But now you have too.
Second: Do something everyday that moves you closer to your next position. Nothing fights anxiety like action. Take some action everyday. It does not have to be major. Register for a company’s talent network. Send a resume to a company that may not be hiring. Or, go to a networking event.
Third: Eliminate Don’t, not and no from your self talk. Frame everything as a positive experience. It is ok if you did not get the job because the correct job is waiting for you.
Try these and other methods and you can turn a rough experience in to something nthat you can benefit from.