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The following articles can help you perform your job search with the proper mindset and attitude. Click on the Read more hyperlink, in order to view the entire article.

10 Job Search Rules to Break

One of our clients – we'll call her Linda – got a job offer from a global oil & gas company last week. Her hiring manager, Jack, left a voicemail message to tell Linda that an offer letter was on its way. Next came an email message from the company's recruiter, sharing the same news.

Finally, a Fedex package arrived in the mail with the hard copy of Linda's offer letter.

"Gotta be honest, I didn't love the process right at the end," Linda told me.

10 Unconventional (but very effective) Tip for Job Seekers

In the market for a new job? You’ve probably been urged to “pursue your passions,” “leverage your network,” “tailor and tidy up your resume,” “do your homework,” and “dress for success”—among other things.

“These are foundational aspects to job seeking that are timeless,” says Teri Hockett, the chief executive of What’s For Work?, a career site for women.

4 Ways Your Ego is Getting in the Way of Your Job Search

April 19, 2014

Toeing the line between confidence and arrogance is an easy line to cross during your job search. Sure, you might have strong technical skills and experience. You probably have a great network and personal brand, too. And chances are, you probably can find a colleague who can write you a glowing letter of recommendation. But can all these things truly set you apart during your job search?

5 Unhealthy Job Search Habits Keeping you Unemployed

Sometimes in life, our actions are completely counter-intuitive. For example, deciding to go on a diet. The first thing most people do is think they must eliminate something or cut back. In reality, the challenge of a diet is you must add more good foods versus taking away bad foods. The good naturally replaces the bad. But, it’s a huge challenge to plan and add good healthy foods to your diet five to six times a day versus going in drive through two times a day.

55 Do's and Don'ts About Your Job Search

Looking for a job? Here are 55 reminders of what to do and what not to do when interviewing, finding references, negotiating salary and using LinkedIn:

1.      Don’t leave your phone on during the interview. Do turn off or silence your cell phone.

 

2.      Don’t look down at the floor or up at the ceiling during the interview. Do give the employer eye contact.

 

3.      Don’t take a seat without being asked to do so. Do wait to be invited to sit down.

 

7 Ways to be more Disciplined

by S. Anthony Iannarino

Self-discipline is the master key to sales success. All other disciplines, attributes, and skill sets are built upon the foundation of self-discipline.

1. Written Commitments and Outcomes

Write down the commitments you make to yourself. There are no greater promises than the promises that you make to yourself. These promises are what enable you to be able to keep your promises to others.

8 Things Really Successful People Do

By Kevin Daum

Real success takes discipline and methodology. Here are eight things the most successful people are meticulous about getting right.

Most people claim to want success. But not everyone is willing to do the hard work and the smart work to get there. Often opportunities present themselves and because people are distracted, they miss them or give up on them before things fully develop.

Concluding Your Job Search ... Starting Your New Job

By: Bob Madison

Congratulations on landing a new position!  Of course you’re happy ... you should be. But before you say, “thank goodness that’s over”, there are several things remaining to be done. These will help you start your new job on the right foot ... and better position you should you have to re-enter the job market in the future (sorry to mention that possibility!).  Here are some tips:  

How Jack Welch Hires

The Must-Haves, the Definitely-Should-Haves and the Game-Changer

September 23, 2013

by Jack and Suzy Welch

Hiring? What a great problem to have. It can only mean your organization is growing, which is terrific, or that you’ve got an existing position you can now fill with an even bigger dose of talent than before.

Either way, congratulations.

Why aren’t you smiling?

How To Turn Job Rejection Into An Advantage

Job rejection isn’t uncommon. What’s really uncommon is an attitude to face the challenges head-on and use everything that comes your way to your advantage.

It is NOT natural to feel demoralized, upset, and angry upon receiving a gut wrenching “Thanks, but no thanks” notification from an employer you were so eager to work for. It is mental conditioning, and this behavior can be altered.

How Different People React To Job Rejection

Is Fear a Part of Your Professional Life?

During my work with job seekers or those contemplating a job/career change, I evaluate the amount of fear that drives—or paralyzes—my clients. To some extent, all of them exhibit fear originated by some threat—or so they perceive. For a person out of a job, that feeling is not only a perception but also, unfortunately, a reality. The normal human body has a built-in mechanism to protect itself from such an emotion by either confronting it or running away from it. It’s also known as the fight-or-flight response.

Job Search - A Reality Check

Searching for a job for the first time in years can be a daunting and frustrating task. There are hundreds if not thousands of articles written describing the “secrets” to a successful job search. Unfortunately, most who find themselves in the midst of a transition quickly discover the obvious; there are no secrets and there are no shortcuts. The simple fact is that you succeed in your job search the same way you’ve succeeded in your career…by busting your butt.

Just Got Hired

100 Days to the Perfect Start

By Jeff Haden

March 21, 2013

You’re starting a new job. You’re good at what you do... or at least you were good at what you did at your old job. But now you’re unproven.

Now you need to get off to a great start... and you don’t have a lot of time to make that happen. If you’re a senior executive you probably have three months to stake out your position and take a few major – and visible – steps.

If you’re lower on the corporate ladder you might have even less time.

Myths to Job Searching

Do you believe any of these myths about job searching?

By Alison Green

November 30, 201

1. Myth: You need connections in order to get a job.

Fact: Connections are helpful, but plenty of people get jobs by spotting an ad, sending in a resume, and interviewing. Sometimes it might not feel that way, because there are so many job-seekers competing for a limited number of jobs, which means most people are getting fewer interviews (and even fewer job offers). But plenty of jobs still go to people without connections at the company.

Perfectionism and Procrastination

Are perfectionism and procrastination opposite sides of the same coin?

Perfectionism is a mental obsession with achieving the ideal as a minimum requirement. For some people, it is a conscious form of procrastination that prevents them from getting started on goals and projects. For others, it’s an unconscious form that prevents them from completing projects, accomplishing their goals, and adding value to the world. In either case, it’s a debilitating condition.

REJECTED Why Employers Don't Send Rejection Letters Anymore

One of the most frustrating things in life is putting time and effort into applying for a job, acing the interview and then never hearing back from the company.

Being rejected is one of the biggest annoyances experienced by job seekers. But it's not just being turned down that infuriates people. It's having an interview and then not being turned down, or so much as contacted by the company ever again.

The Geography of a Recession by LaToya Egwuekwe

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 28 million people currently unemployed -- that's including those involuntarily working part-time and those who want a job, but have given up on trying to find one. In the face of the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression, millions of Americans are hurting. "The Decline: The Geography of a Recession," as created by labor writer LaToya Egwuekwe, serves as a vivid representation of just how much. Watch the deteriorating transformation of the U.S.