Job Hunting Tips #5 Creating a Sense of Security
In a time of economic downturn, international turmoil, company
restructuring and corporate mergers run amok, thousands of
people are either out of work or fearful of losing their jobs.
Is there, then, such a thing as job security?
No job, in itself, is totally secure. Governments cut back,
unions have periods when they have no work available for their
members, directors and CEOs are forced out, self- employment
ventures fail. Even the most coveted and powerful position in
the world, the Presidency of the United States, only lasts 4 or
Your only job security lies in self-security. Knowledge and
appreciation of your value as a worker: your skills, your
competence, your personal qualities, can build the sense of
security you crave. A true understanding of the process of
finding work, the resources available, and the personal
networking which captures the hidden job market, leads to a
sense of self-empowerment. The job you are performing may not
last until retirement but the prospect of losing it can be
transformed from a negative, anxiety-laden situation into a
self-affirming, positive opportunity for growth, movement, and
the chance to turn your life in new directions.
Here are 10 Tips to help you build a sense of security:
1. Write down all of your skills, experience, knowledge, and
2. Re-read your list daily and before each and every interview
until the information is ingrained and at your fingertips.
3. Expand your network by contacting everyone you know, not to
ask for a job but to identify other people to contact who might
know of a position.
4. Maintain your sense of self. Follow the familiar routines you
devised while working so you continue to feel like you.
5. Identify multiple resources: newspaper ads, job lines,
internet sites, agencies, networking. Knowing that multiple
options are available can counteract negativity about the future
and feelings of panic.
6. Treasure your support systems. The frustration you feel is
often misdirected towards those closest to you. Appreciate your
family and friends and banish the self-pity that often comes
7. Treasure yourself. Don't berate yourself for the mistakes you
make. Concentrate on remembering things you have done well, that
show your individual value.
8. Pace yourself. Allow for periods of not thinking about work.
Do something active that you enjoy even if only for an hour or
two at a time.
9. Maintain your objectivity. Not being offered a job does not
reflect on your personal competence. It simply indicates a
mismatch as if you had tried unsuccessfully to sell a shack to a
couple secretly seeking a mansion.
10. Manage your job search as if it were a sales campaign. Even
the world's best sales person will not make every sale but knows
that each new contact increases the chance of success.
Practice these tips to build a sense of security, even if
initially fragile, and your mental outlook will bloom, allowing
you to remain calm in the face of the panic of those around you
who walk in constant fear of layoff.