If you are in search of a job, you could very well be experiencing stress. That’s right – stress! Make no mistake about it. You should be spending between 25 and 35 hours per week in your job search. If you are not, you may know something that the rest of us don’t know. Or you have the magic pill for landing a job. Chances are when the week is over, your brain is still going. Herein is the opportunity for more stress to mount.
Most of us are engaged in the job market. Passively or actively. If you’re unemployed, it’s a given – you are actively seeking a job. But, if you are employed, the acid test is whether or not you’d go to a job interview if you received a call for the ‘dream job’. If you put on your interview best and show up with a resume – you are passively seeking. That being said, how you handle the use of social media can be very helpful to you as you plan and manage your career.
When I am working with professionals who are in a career transition, it’s great to see them begin to re-engage hope, especially in the face of this economic repositioning of the entire world. One such woman I worked with for several months is the greatest testimony yet. She had been with her company for well over 20 years. Although she was an accomplished professional in a highly in-demand industry, she did not trust that she would be able make a go at this job search ‘thing’.