Having been in sales for good stretch of years – I can tell you that rejections are brutal and like misery – you just can get used to it. Misery is misery and rejection is rejection no later how much positive mental attitude books you read and no more how sunny a disposition you have.
And after so long and so many rejections and non-replies; it’s easy to sink into depression and wallow in the muck of self-pity. And sometimes the last thing you want to hear is some rich guy who may or may not have had it handed to him on silver platter giving a “press-on; success is only one getup from a knockdown away” speech. Here it is anyways – from Donald Trump:
Is the story real?
No – at least I don’t think so.
But does it matter? It’s the old “you’re one get-up from a knockdown away” speech. What if it were true? What if your success is only one get-up away? Would it be worth getting up from the canvass, knowing you might get your ass knockdown again?
The thing is, you have no choice, really – you have to shake the job-search blues and move on. But it’s so much easier said than done.
With that, I’ve posted an article I read on CareerBuilder.com. Written by Kaitlin Madden, the article gives some good advice – suggestions worth pondering. If you’ve go the job-search blues, then you need to heed Kaitlin’s advice.
By the way, I’ve posted her four key points, but again, to read the details and explanations, you need to click over to her article.
Shake the job-search bluesBy Kaitlin Madden, CareerBuilder writer
If you’re a job seeker, you can probably relate to the entrepreneur in the story. It may seem hard to stay motivated in the face of rejection, and success can seem elusive. You might even feel like giving up on your job search or settling for a job you don’t really like. But if you quit when the going gets tough, you might miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime — like the entrepreneur did…
Pay attention to your thoughts
“Listen to the things you say to yourself about your job, your abilities and your chances of achieving your career goals,” says Colette Ellis, founder of leadership consulting firm InStep Consulting and author of the e-book “Focus on Your Vision.” …
Let’s face it: The modern job search can be long and tedious — but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be rewarding. Set small goals throughout your job search to keep you focused and give you a sense of achievement…
Talk to people
Talking to people in your industry can give your job search a much-needed boost for a number of reasons: It’s great for networking, it can provide you with a renewed sense of motivation and energy, it’ll help you stay abreast of what’s new in your field, and it can present you with options and opportunities you may not have known you had…
Take a break
Although it’s important to maintain momentum and keep up a steady job search, it’s also important to take time out of your day to relieve stress. “Stress can be palpable, and you don’t want to present yourself to prospective employers or networking contacts as someone who will crack under pressure,” Sanford says. “Whether it’s a morning yoga class or walking around the block, find what works for you and incorporate it into your daily routine.”…
PS – I’m not a big fan – more like a backroom heckler – of big jobboard sites like Careerbuilder.com or Monster.com. But they do have great articles on job hunting, resumes, interviews, etc. That’s their true value as far as I’m concerned. Go through all their articles (after you exhaust what I’ve got here, of course) and you’ll be better prepared and better equipped to tackle the job-hunt.