UK job search coach, Chris Delaney, offers helpful job search advice for every stalled, demotivated job seeker in the world:
“Stop looking for a job.”
Make a List
Let yourself off the hook. Rather than looking for a job, make a list of everything you need to do to find a job. Then pick an item on the list and complete it. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Finding a Job is Like Eating an Elephant
A list turns your elephant of a job search into a tasty menu you can eat one bite at a time. Stick with it and your elephant gets eaten!
Your list might look like this:
Chris offered this advice to one of his new coaching clients. She had lost her job and done nothing to find a new one (for months). Her self-talk sounded like this: “I will never get a job.”
He had her make a list of everything she needed to do to find a new job.
Then he had her reframe her thinking from the overwhelming concept of getting a job to the more easily eaten and digested list of tasks she had made.
Her self-talk now sounded like this: “Do task number one this morning.”
As you can see, Chris’ reframe moved her from soul-crushing negativity to action.
Take Chris’ Job Search Advice
If you’re stuck in your job search, follow Chris’ suggestion. It’s a great way to transition from a down-cycling, negative state to positive, active engagement with a to-do list that will get you a job.
What tasks would you put on the list? What priorities would you set?
Updated May 2017
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