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Most likely you recall the movie “The Wizard of Oz” where Dorothy, after being transported via a tornado to another world says to her dog “We’re not in Kansas anymore.” Dorothy quickly learns that the rules and what was normal that she learned growing up in Kansas no longer applied in this new land.
When unemployed it is very easy to feel the same. Being unemployed is like no other situation you will experience. When employed, you made decisions on projects, the timing of when those projects would be completed, when to hold meetings, when to make a recommendation to your boss or peers, and much more. You were in control.
Now when unemployed you can’t make anyone hire you. There is so much less control, and most of the time you will feel as you don’t have any control over the process. You find people do not return a call or email quickly as they did when you were employed. People give more vague responses compared to when you were employed. It is quite easy to feel as if you are not in Kansas anymore.
The communication process is so much different when you are unemployed. You are now on the outside looking in and it is often so difficult to get anyone’s attention. And once you do, you can be sure they are thinking of 5 other things during your conversation or reading your email.
At the same time, much of your success does depend not only on your actions, but what you believe about the world, the job search process and your own abilities. Take pride in your accomplishments and go confidently through the process with your extensive experience and expertise.
In the movie, Dorothy meets up with 3 other characters all looking for something to fulfill their dream and even their self-esteem. They did learn much along the way, and at the same time their experiences and challenges brought the best out of them!
In the end they learned as Dorothy did, that she could return home at any time – she had the power within. The key is to see the power and ability, learn and discover how to access this power and ability, and finally how to use it to its maximum effectiveness.
In a job search as with Dorothy, we are so close to the challenge that we don’t see how to overcome the challenge, and in our case, land that job offer. The key to landing that job offer you so greatly desire does not come from the latest LinkedIn technique; rather, being aware of your human behavior and perception of your situation and those around you. Your mindset of how you approach your job search, for example, which career path to choose, what you focus your time on each day, and how well you interact and communicate with others at all times, are critical factors in your job search success.
We often can’t see some of the barriers we are creating which is why in a job search it is extremely valuable to seek out someone who can provide independent perspective giving you honest feedback and clarity. Frequently much of our stress and indecision on what steps to take next in our search comes from our own fear of rejection, lack of self-esteem and fear of the unknown.
As we know, the biggest and greatest fear of being unemployed is not knowing when it is going to end. Yet, you can overcome these fears and barriers and be just like Dorothy, discovering she had the power within to land that next job – which is how we feel when we have returned home. Struggling in a specific part of your job search? Check out the 4 NEW sections of the Unique Keys program broken into the area you want to address: Interviewing, Recruiters & Networking, Commons job search mistakes, and Mental keys of success! Click here to learn more http://garyspinell.com/40keysebooks/
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