This is one of the most challenging times to be looking for a job. It’s easy to become discouraged when we are bombarded by the media with “bad” economic news. There is a tendency to shut down and retreat into our shell or to engage in a flurry of fragmented activity in the hope of securing instant results.
I would caution against either approach. The first is really no approach at all. When we shut down, we are admitting defeat and closing ourselves off from what others and the universe can offer in the way of resources and support. If you find yourself in this position, I would urge you to consult your physician, your clergy, or a therapist. You may be battling severe depression. By consulting these resource persons, you open yourself to their wisdom and resources; they can help you come through your personal “veil of tears.”
The second approach — immersing yourself in frenzied activity — is also counter productive. While in this state, your action is likely to be fragmented and disjointed. Be sure you have a comprehensive and well-conceived plan of action. Remember, a job campaign is a marathon, not a sprint. Slow down and concentrate on working your plan. Approach the job search as a job in itself. Don’t worry about what you can’t control. You can’t control the outcome of your action, but you can control your process — the careful, meticulous way you work your plan. Concentrate on the process and the results will come.