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6 Reasons to Be Happy during Job Search

6 Reasons to Be Happy during Job Search

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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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

What to have for dinner tonight?

Which route to take to work?

How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

For example:

If the problem is “always late to work”…

  • Why am I late to work?
    I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
  • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
    I feel so tired in the morning.
  • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
    I slept late the night before, that’s why.
  • Why did I sleep late?
    I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
  • Why did I drink coffee?
    Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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3. Simplify Things

As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

5. Think Laterally

Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

The Bottom Line

There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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Reference

[1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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