As we continue our national tour I wanted to check out what the Atlanta area newspapers had to offer in terms of advice to their local job seekers.
After reading a few articles, I settled on one titled, “How to Overcome 7 Obstacles to a Job Search.” My personal obstacle is that while re-reading my new resume I noticed that I had stuck in an extra word where it didn’t belong. I am so annoyed at this! I guess that’s what an extra pair of eyes is for. After reading your own resume so many times you begin to miss things as you skim over the content you put together.
Having said that, lets look at some other obstacles we may face and how to overcome them.
1. Having No Plan of Attack: You need to set some short term goals of what you plan to accomplish. Make a list of when you want to finish your resume by, followed by a cover letter and a goal for how many jobs you will apply to.
2. Lacking Commitment: After you’ve set some goals for yourself you need to commit to these goals!
3. Lacking Structure: This piece of advice goes along with “Having No Plan of Attack.” If there is no structure or plan of attack you will be working on a million different things and won’t get any of them right.
4. Becoming Overwhelmed: Once things begin to happen it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’s also easy to get overwhelmed when things aren’t going your way. You begin doubting your skills and if you will ever find a job. Just let these feelings fade and then get back on the horse and perhaps plan a new plan of attack.
5. Losing Momentum: Yet again, it’s easy to lose momentum if nothing is happening…for example during the summer slowdown. Don’t let this phase you. Keep applying to jobs! It’s better to have your name out there in more places rather than less.
6. Getting Distracted: It’s also easy to get distracted with everything else that happens in life. If you find a part time job or spend more time on errands then the job search gets put on the back burner. Don’t let this happen! In order to find a job, you first have to apply to it!
7. Losing Confidence: Don’t get discouraged. Not everything will always go your way. It’s all about getting over some of the rejections you will face. This is a difficult time and you will hear the word “no” a lot more often than the word “yes.”
Now go out and get ’em!
What did you do today?