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6 Reasons to Be Happy during Job Search

6 Reasons to Be Happy during Job Search
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Job hunting is never easy. It always requires a thorough work and permanent dedication. Thus, most of the jobless people are getting involved in the job search without enthusiasm. Fortunately, it’s actually possible to change this negative tendency.

Do you consider a job search to be an exciting and enthralling process? If your answer is ‘no’, don’t give up too early. This guideline for the job seekers will prove that it’s possible to stay happy and positive during an intensive job search!

1. Use Opportunities

The successful job search has to be intensive and fruitful. Only a resourceful job seeker will manage to find a promising job. Still, if it takes a while, you should definitely try making money during a job search. Most of the job seekers work part-time while looking for a permanent job. Some of them earn money with their hobbies – baking cupcakes, sewing lingerie, repairing cars, and many more.

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2. Profit from Flashbacks

Sometimes we all have to deal with situations meant to make us stronger. During times like your job search, it’s crucial to recall the things you’ve learned in the past. Maybe you’ve managed to win a difficult competition, which tempered your character? Some forgotten skills and experiences can be extremely motivating right now!

Take advantage of these flashbacks. Every opportunity to improve yourself and your job search strategy can end up being crucial. It’s also important to analyze your previous failures and life lessons to create a winning strategy. It’s time to make up something better!

3. Expand Your Network

Job search supposes close and constant interaction with other people from your professional sphere. It means that you get in touch with people with the same interests and outlooks on life. Isn’t it exciting? Definitely, it is!

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Job search always gives an opportunity to meet new resourceful outstanding people. Most of the job seekers don’t notice it as they are simply focused on their own career. Still, it’s crucial to remember that you are surrounded with people, who can not only be useful to you but captivating in communication.

4. Focus on the Right Things

One of the biggest mistakes is the desire to control every single thing. For a positive job search, it’s essential to control only those things you can control without going overboard. Yes, it’s impossible to control the decision of the HR manager or the owner of the corporation. It’s also impossible to control the success of other candidacies. Still, you can influence the outcome of your job search.

So, it’s better for you to focus your strength and enthusiasm on the thoroughly elaborated job search strategy. You must understand how to create a powerful and outstanding resume or CV, catchy LinkedIn profile, and prepare to the winning interview.

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5. Foresee Your Future

Job seekers with a positive approach, winning job search strategy, and clear professional plans can turn themselves into the powerful machines. If you did everything possible for a successful job search, you can outline your future career.

Make sure you see a promising and successful career in front of you. It’s going to become the best target and the strongest motivation to you. Just imagine how budding your future career can be! Obviously, you made so many efforts and prepared everything necessary for a good position.

6. Subscribe to Useful Portals

You have to understand that the skills that you mentioned in your resume aren’t enough for your career. Thus, you should improve yourself and your professional skills. The Internet provides plenty of opportunities to develop you in the professional sense. It doesn’t only show you as a resourceful and ambitious professional, but also helps you to broaden your life’s landscape and develop your mind.

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There are plenty of opportunities around. The most important thing is to choose the positive attitude and remain motivated at all times!

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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