This article is for anyone who has been out of work for a while and is starting to feel the burn of one too many resumes sent without one “interest call” back. Well, it’s written for the newly unemployed too, because both sets of individuals must keep emotional and mental stability up while looking for their next place of employment.
Minds are very interesting. While walking around living life, people take in information, reactions, perceptions, and then store them for later thought and use. The brain then digs around all these thoughts, reactions, etc. and continues to makes decisions about oneself, one’s life, and the world around. The brain’s goal is to help one adapt, live with circumstances and maintain well-being.
However, during times of stress, the brain works overtime. In the case of unemployment, a lot of the brain activity is trying to second guess how to get a job, or look saleable in a cover letter. One worries over unsure or unresolved situations. “Am I qualified for the job for which I’m about to apply? What did I do wrong on my cover letter? No one called me. I was perfect for this job!”
What’s the problem for the brain here? It’s taking in the ups and downs of the jobless day and trying to figure out what to change in one’s behavior in order to change the circumstances of being unemployed. There’s the problem. Yes, changing behavior can change circumstances, but in the case of looking for a job, behavior is not the only factor upon which circumstances lie.
The job market is bad; behavior can’t change that. There are limited jobs in any industry; behavior doesn’t always affect the odds of competition. Employers on average get 200 to 500 resumes per job posting and typically will look at only the first fifty of the resumes to come in. Behavior can’t change the hiring process of a company. So, the point then is that one must remain mentally positive and fight the fears that there is a personal reason for one’s unemployed status.
You can get a job. You will look appealing to someone who is looking for someone with your skills. Don’t let the lack of change scare you into thinking you’re not good enough, not skilled enough, not interesting enough. You know why? Because if you start to fear and believe those things, then when you do get called for an interview, you’ll be lugging around those fears from the moment you answer the phone to the moment you step into the interview.
Be productive. Send out resumes. Check your cover letters for errors. Search the jobsites. Stay active and have faith in yourself. If you do, then a prospective employer will eventually see your faith, and put his or her faith in you too.