How to make a tough job search a bit easier
It’s not a good time to be looking for a job – regardless of your age. Everyone is on edge. Even the people who are doing the hiring can feel it. And don’t think that this kind of tension doesn’t affect everything that THEY do.
So what can you do? Good times or bad, you’ll be much more likely to land an interview and secure that job if you can positively set yourself apart from the pack of applicants. We’re not talking about something as impersonal as a resume or the like. We’re talking personal. How can you separate you from the pack in their minds.
When times are as tough as now, job seekers tend to be anxious, apprehensive, distressed, etc. And this typically comes out during the interview process. It would stand to reason then that to stand out in this crowd, one would have to focus on traits such as confidence and calm. Now you’re not just one of the many seeking employment; you’re someone who is ready to take on any challenge.
Confident candidates always stand out, but this is especially true during difficult times. Remember the sage words of Rudyard Kipling in his poem “If,” “If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs… you’ll be a Man, my son!”
If the competition is uneasy and restless and you are upbeat and positive, you’ll have distinguished yourself in a down market and capture the inside track on your next position.