My work in staffing and career coaching has spanned four recession periods during which the job market has fluctuated wildly. Despite prolonged periods of high unemployment, every person I met who wanted a job eventually found one. Those who found jobs faster functioned with a mindset that enhanced their resilience to perform well, which in turn made them more desirable to employers. They were mentally equipped for success.
To illustrate what I mean by mental skills, consider the analogy provided by two golfers as they approach a shot over water to reach the green.
Here is the point. Jobseekers who take longer to find jobs often do not realize their focus is on the hazards rather than the desired results. They imagine the worst outcomes, doubt their capabilities and then stew and complain when events do not go their way. The challenges they endure as a result contribute to their emotional fatigue, which creates strain that jeopardizes performance, contributes to poor impressions, and prolongs their unemployment. Then, they blame others for problems created by their bad thinking habits.
Don't give me that old saying..."Improving how you think is not easy." Sure it is. Look what happens each time you go to a movie. Before entering the theater, you clear your mind and leave all your negative thoughts and worries outside in the car. That way you can sit in your seat and enjoy the movie with uninterrupted focus and peace of mind. If you can do this for a movie, why can you not do this for your next job?
Employers are flat-out opposed to hiring people who demonstrate weak mental skills. If you cannot perform well, it makes no difference if you have excellent occupational and job search skills. This is similar to how the best equipment makes no difference to a golfer's performance if he or she is not mentally equipped for success to begin with.
Jeff is noted for pioneering the field of Employment Mindset to achieve Career Contentment. These topics show you how to have and enjoy a meaningful career despite challenges and circumstances that can't always be made satisfying. His groundbreaking research, published works, and innovative training programs are helping struggling workers and the unemployed rise above challenges posed by the stagnant economy and difficult job market. His efforts to increase people's hope, optimism, and resilience have been featured on Fox Business, ABC Sunday Morning, NPR Radio, the Wall Street Journal, Modern Medicine, Chief Executive Magazine, and Chief Learning Officer Magazine.
In addition to servicing his corporate clients, Jeff is on a mission to expand the existing job search training currently being provided to returning veterans and their spouses by the Department of Labor's One Stop Career Centers. His Employment Mindset training goes beyond the same old employment tips and tools used to find a job, and teaches you how to fulfill an employer's unpublished expectations related to right fit and chemistry; things that if you don't know, you don't get the interview or job offer.
Jeff lives in Chicago with his wife and two teenage sons. You can visit his website at www.careercontentment-thebook.com and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jobseekersuccessmindset. If you would like more information about Employment Mindset training, or would like to voice your support for veterans to receive this new training, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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